- 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
Related Words for blastingdemolish, bomb, injure, burst, shatter, damage, detonate, kill, destroy, wreck, beat, attack, criticize, whip, castigate, annihilate, ruin, dash, wither, spoil
Examples from the Web for blasting
Contemporary Examples of blasting
But there are some who make a name out of taking Aaron Sorkin down, by blasting him in their blog overly so.Jeff Daniels Defends Aaron Sorkin and the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Toilet Scene
November 7, 2014
During construction, many men, indentured servants in the beginning, were blown apart during the blasting and digging.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
The Senate Majority Leader has been blasting the Koch brothers and their mega-donations.Harry Reid’s Curious Soft Spot for Sheldon Adelson
John L. Smith
May 9, 2014
What Hume seems to not understand is that maybe folks are blasting him because he is making such silly assumptions.White Folks Can Talk About Race
Roland S. Martin
April 16, 2014
While critics are blasting her for losing too much weight, she reveals the workout routine that helped her do it.Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman's Funeral; 'Lego Movie' Is Really Good
February 7, 2014
Historical Examples of blasting
Bouriette had been injured by an explosion during some blasting operations.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The blasting tubes were on the bottom, and could not be shifted to the top.
"We shall have to be on our guard when we go to blasting," answered his parent.The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle
Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Here, myrtles grow, and fear no blasting north, or blighting east.The Young Duke
They were laughing, thinking of the fortunes there would be here when blasting begun.
- 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
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with blast
- blast off
- full blast