- 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
Synonyms for blast
Origin of blasto-
Origin of -blast
Examples from the Web for blast
Contemporary Examples of 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.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
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
November 2, 2014
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
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of blast
In despair he looked at her as she flew along, as if carried away by the blast.The Dream
Then we went back to the smithy to wait the result of the blast.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Suddenly he heard the blast of a horn close by, then the baying of hounds.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Virile nations are not made by theories or by the blast of the trumpet.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
With song and halloo and blast of horns, they swept away into the forest.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- 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
Word Origin for blast
n combining form
Word Origin for -blast
Word Origin for blasto-
Old English blæst "blowing, breeze, puff of wind," from Proto-Germanic *bles- (cf. Old Norse blastr, Old High German blast "a blowing, blast," German blasen, Gothic blesan "to blow"), from PIE *bhle- "to blow," probably a variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Meaning "explosion" is from 1630s; that of "noisy party, good time" is from 1953, American English slang. Sense of "strong current of air for iron-smelting" (1690s) led to blast furnace and transferred sense in full blast "the extreme" (1839). Blast was the usual word for "a smoke of tobacco" c.1600.
Old English blæstan "to blow, belch forth," from the root of blast (n.). Since 16c., often "to breathe on balefully." Meaning "to blow up by explosion" is from 1758. Related: Blasted; blasting. Blast off (n.) is attested from 1950.
before vowels blast-, word-forming element used in scientific compounds to mean "germ, bud," from Greek blasto-, comb. form of blastos "sprout, germ," of unknown origin.
In addition to the idiom beginning with blast
- blast off
- full blast