- air forced into a furnace by a blower to increase the rate of combustion.
- a jet of steam directed up a smokestack, as of a steam locomotive, to increase draft.
- a draft thus increased.
- a party or riotously good time: Did we have a blast last night!
- something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment; thrill; treat: My new electronic game is a blast.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a rocket) to leave a launch pad under its own power.
- (of an astronaut) to travel aloft in a rocket.
Origin of blast
Related formsblast·er, nounblast·y, adjective
Definition for blast (2 of 3)
Origin of blasto-
Definition for blast (3 of 3)
Origin of -blast
Examples from the Web for blast
Here, in a dilapidated room, Saleem recounts the November blast.
The blast was so strong,” he said, “we thought the world was ending.
Witnesses said the girls were in their late teens and had been accompanied by a man who left soon after the blast.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the blast, which—at the very least—makes for a spectacular display of pyrotechnics.Harry Potter Raps, The Catcalls Heard ‘Round the World and More Viral Videos|Alex Chancey|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The band has not only blazed a trail for free-media artists, but they also had a blast in the process.Viral Video Pioneers: How Pomplamoose is Turning YouTube Stardom Into a Sustainable Profession|Oliver Jones|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The blast furnaces were not hurt at all, and will be in operation as soon as a supply of coke can be obtained.The Johnstown Flood|Richard K. Fox
The outlets are fitted with valves which are kept open by the blast, but which close on being struck by a passing wave.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare|C. W. Sleeman
Sound of a subterranean roar, with a blast at the orifice, informed her of their 'very deep happiness in the privilege.'One of Our Conquerors, Complete|George Meredith
The first blast, as she stepped outside the door, seemed to almost force her back, but her heart did not fail her.The Pot of Gold|Mary E. Wilkins
We even forgot the luncheon baskets; and no one thought of ascertaining what the blast had accomplished.A Busy Year at the Old Squire's|Charles Asbury Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for blast (1 of 3)
- the rapid movement of air away from the centre of an explosion, combustion of rocket fuel, etc
- a wave of overpressure caused by an explosion; shock wave
Derived Formsblaster, noun
Word Origin for blast
British Dictionary definitions for blast (2 of 3)
n combining form
Word Origin for -blast
British Dictionary definitions for blast (3 of 3)
Word Origin for blasto-
Medicine definitions for blast (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for blast (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with blast
In addition to the idiom beginning with blast
- blast off
- full blast