blistering

[ blis-ter-ing ]
/ ˈblɪs tər ɪŋ /

adjective

causing a blister or blisters.
(especially of sunlight, heat, etc.) very severe or intense.
very fast or rapid: a blistering pace.

noun

the act or an instance of forming a blister or blisters.
a series or group of blisters, as on a painted surface.

Origin of blistering

First recorded in 1555–65; blister + -ing2

Related forms

blis·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for blistering (2 of 2)

blister

[ blis-ter ]
/ ˈblɪs tər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.

Origin of blister

1250–1300; Middle English blister, blester < Old Norse blǣstri, dative of blāstr swelling. See blast, blow2

Related forms

re·blis·ter, verbun·blis·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blistering (1 of 2)

blistering

/ (ˈblɪstərɪŋ, -trɪŋ) /

adjective

(of weather) extremely hot
(of criticism) extremely harsh

Derived Forms

blisteringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for blistering (2 of 2)

blister

/ (ˈblɪstə) /

noun

verb

to have or cause to have blisters
(tr) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm

Derived Forms

blistered, adjectiveblistery, adjective

Word Origin for blister

C13: from Old French blestre, probably from Middle Dutch bluyster blister; see blast
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Medicine definitions for blistering (1 of 2)

blistering

[ blĭstər-ĭng ]

n.

vesiculation

Medicine definitions for blistering (2 of 2)

blister

[ blĭstər ]

n.

A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning, infection, or irritation.
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