Nearby words

  1. blaspheme,
  2. blasphemer,
  3. blasphemous,
  4. blasphemously,
  5. blasphemy,
  6. blast cell,
  7. blast furnace,
  8. blast injection,
  9. blast injury,
  10. blast lamp

Idioms

    at full blast, at maximum capacity; at or with full volume or speed: The factory is going at full blast.Also full blast.

Origin of blast

before 1000; 1955–60 for def 7a; Middle English (noun and v.); Old English blǣst (noun) a blowing; akin to Old Norse blāstr, Old High German blāst (derivative of blāsan, cognate with Gothic ufblēsan, Old Norse blāsa). See blow2

SYNONYMS FOR blast
1. squall, gale, blow, storm. See wind1. 2. blare, screech. 11. discharge, outburst. 16. annihilate.

Related formsblast·er, nounblast·y, adjective

blasto-

a combining form meaning “bud, sprout,” “embryo,” “formative cells or cell layer,” used in the formation of compound words: blastosphere.
Also especially before a vowel, blast-.

See also -blast.

Origin of blasto-

< Greek, combining form of blastós a bud, sprout

-blast

a combining form meaning “bud, sprout,” “embryo,” “formative cells or cell layer,” used in the formation of compound words: ectoblast.

Origin of -blast

< Greek, combining form of blastós a bud, sprout

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British Dictionary definitions for blast

blast

/ (blɑːst) /

noun

interjection

slang an exclamation of annoyance (esp in phrases such as blast it! and blast him!)

verb

See also blastoff

Derived Formsblaster, noun

Word Origin for blast

Old English blǣst, related to Old Norse blāstr

-blast

n combining form

(in biology) indicating an embryonic cell or formative layermesoblast

Word Origin for -blast

from Greek blastos bud

blasto-

combining form

(in biology) indicating an embryo or bud or the process of buddingblastoderm

Word Origin for blasto-

from Greek blastos; see -blast

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Word Origin and History for blast
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Medicine definitions for blast

-blast

suff.

An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues:erythroblast.

blasto-

pref.

Bud; germ; budding; germination:blastocyst.

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Idioms and Phrases with blast

blast

In addition to the idiom beginning with blast

  • blast off

also see:

  • full blast
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