- 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.
- blast cell,
- blast furnace,
- blast injection,
- blast injury,
- blast lamp
Origin of blast
Origin of blasto-
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
- 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