Definition of blast in English:

blast

noun

  • 1A destructive wave of highly compressed air spreading outwards from an explosion.

    ‘they were thrown backwards by the blast’
    • ‘As energy waves from the blasts travel through the ground they will be recorded by portable seismometers placed throughout the area.’
    • ‘The principal effect of a bomb is explosive blast, which may be combined with fragmentation or incendiary effects.’
    • ‘They have described hearing a hissing noise like a giant pressure cooker letting off steam, seconds before a huge blast which blew one man 8ft into a locker.’
    • ‘The resulting blast blew out all the windows, throwing debris up to 100 metres.’
    • ‘The plane shuddered with shock waves from the blast.’
    • ‘The blast blew out windows and walls, overturned tables and cut electricity, plunging the hotel into eerie darkness.’
    • ‘A concrete security barrier close to the embassy absorbed most of the blast and prevented further damage and injuries, officials said.’
    • ‘The blast blew out windows in the room where the two met moments before.’
    • ‘Yesterday a fire service spokesman said: ‘The blast just blew the whole of the front of the shop off.’’
    • ‘Three other soldiers were wounded as the blast blew off the tanks turret, pinning them down.’
    • ‘The lone human being in the area, a trapper living near the periphery of the blast, was blown off the porch of his shack, but survived.’
    • ‘The blasts blew out the windows of nearby restaurants in the upscale neighbourhood.’
    • ‘He was in the kitchen of his home when the blast blew out the back door and demolished internal walls.’
    • ‘The blast blew the glass out of every apartment window in the block.’
    • ‘The blast caused a shock wave across the town, smashing windows and shaking houses.’
    • ‘The shock wave from the blast kills the majority of fish species on the reef and causes severe damage to its structure.’
    • ‘Nearly the entire ground floor had been blown out by the blast and what was left to support the building was burning.’
    • ‘The powerful blast blew pieces of the car five blocks away.’
    • ‘The manager of the state fire investigations unit said the pressure wave from the blast was powerful enough to lift the roof off the building.’
    • ‘The owner was not at home, but the blast blew out the front wall of his home and left him homeless.’
    shock wave, pressure wave, bang, crash, crack
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    1. 1.1 An explosion or explosive firing.
      ‘a bomb blast’
      ‘a shotgun blast’
      • ‘Between the energy wave and the rifle blasts, the door had become quite unstable.’
      • ‘A spate of recent bomb blasts have scared people, maimed citizens, claimed hundreds of innocent lives and brought about suffering to the bereaved.’
      • ‘Three police officers were wounded in a grenade blast earlier during the raid.’
      • ‘In a land mine blast and a grenade attack on a camp, four security personnel died.’
      • ‘A neighbor who heard the shotgun blasts went to investigate.’
      • ‘The first man arrested by the police in connection with the latest bomb blasts turned out to have no connection with the suicide bombers.’
      • ‘I was blissfully unaware of the bomb blasts until I got into office this morning.’
      • ‘The destructive blast impacted with the road to the left of the middle Jeep.’
      • ‘Bomb attacks in London in 1992 resulted in guidance being published on how to design for bomb blasts.’
      • ‘Two bomb blasts and a bomb threat last week have caused tension and disturbance in the region.’
      • ‘Later 20 people were wounded in a grenade blast which police said had been aimed at a security patrol but missed its target.’
      • ‘Small explosions and blasts spread through the sector, becoming larger along the way.’
      • ‘He swung the gun around, firing two sharp blasts at the other man.’
      • ‘Every now and then, we hear about daylight robberies, shootouts, murders and bomb blasts.’
      • ‘The race is on to save the lives of those injured by the bomb blasts; many tourists, however, are unaccounted for.’
      • ‘He had to fly in that cruel place, where the air is as destructive as a nuclear blast, for 4,000 miles.’
      • ‘Several tourists have been injured by bomb blasts in Spain in recent weeks.’
      • ‘Many have expressed their pessimism over the police's ability to find the perpetrators in the latest bomb blasts.’
      • ‘The shotgun blast was followed by a sharp percussive explosion as the entire hillside lit up in a white phosphorescent glare.’
      • ‘They were accused of being the main conspirators and facilitators of the bomb blasts.’
      explosion, detonation, discharge, burst, eruption
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    2. 1.2 A forceful attack or assault.
      ‘United's four-goal blast’
      barrage, cannonade, battery, bombardment, broadside, salvo, fusillade
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  • 2A strong gust of wind or air.

    ‘the icy blast hit them’
    • ‘Every time the doors of the tram opened a blast of icy wind came in.’
    • ‘I love winter, the chill in the air, how the fresh blast of wind brings colour to my cheeks.’
    • ‘Between the icy rain, the blasts of wind, and the crashing noise of the falls, the area seems desolate and terrible.’
    • ‘For once the weather bureau got it right and the predicted cold front arrived last night with a blast of icy wind.’
    • ‘A blast of wind hit us in the face and the light blinded me temporarily.’
    • ‘Without warning, strong blasts of wind blew around them, ripping trees from their roots.’
    • ‘And then suddenly an icy blast of wind - she hadn't thought it was possible to get any colder - struck her body.’
    • ‘Their shapes were distorted by the howling blasts of icy wind.’
    • ‘The blast of cold wind almost hits me on the face, reminding of the real feel of Christmas in our place.’
    • ‘The wind delivered consistent blasts in between gusts and gales.’
    • ‘The machine injects a rod 15 inches into the ground before exploding a blast of compressed air to loosen the earth and help drainage.’
    • ‘They're going to take some getting used to, though at least the blast of fetid air from the tube station makes us feel right at home.’
    • ‘When I stepped out of the car, I was hit with a blast of icy wind.’
    • ‘A blast of wind hit me but it was warm and sweet with the promise of Spring.’
    • ‘Right now the gutter looks good, warm somehow, perhaps half a degree safer than the blast of icy wind at head height.’
    • ‘I was suddenly hit by a sharp blast of cold wind; someone had opened the door.’
    • ‘Suddenly a blast of wind rushed through the broken windows, pinning his hand to a wall.’
    • ‘As soon as she said that a blast of wind shot upward, making her hood fly off and her hair fly to the sky.’
    • ‘She pulled her duster closer around her and shivered at the icy blast of wind Mother Nature sent her way.’
    • ‘He pulled out his combat knife and punctured his air bag sending a blast of hot compressed air in his direction.’
    gust, rush, blow, gale, squall, storm, wind, draught, waft, puff, flurry, breeze
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    1. 2.1 A strong current of air used in smelting.
  • 3A single loud note of a horn, whistle, or similar.

    ‘a blast of the ship's siren’
    • ‘The now familiar, spine chilling bugle gave a long blast and the enemy surged forward.’
    • ‘In those days he didn't even have a police radio: three sharp blasts on a whistle was the only way to summon help.’
    • ‘A blast of melody rang throughout the crowd, and immediately everyone began to dance around, grabbing the nearest person to be their partner.’
    • ‘A trumpet blast echoed through his ears for a second time, announcing the start of the trek home.’
    • ‘After a forty-five minutes delay the lights came on and the familiar two blasts of the air horns sounded and we began to roll.’
    • ‘I was about to sob and lament to myself when I heard the loud blast of a horn.’
    • ‘By 10 am a few sheets of lightening and blasts of thunder echoed throughout the valley.’
    • ‘Things make a rapid right turn with this song though - a blast of guitar bursts out unexpectedly.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a huge flash and a blast of thunder blew out of the forest, sending birds flapping away in torrents.’
    • ‘From the edge of the field, the horns sounded a harsh blast.’
    • ‘The album is studded throughout with glorious blasts of trumpet adding to the CD's general utter charm.’
    • ‘Plumes of white vapor fill the air, and the blast of a steam whistle announces the train's departure.’
    • ‘A screeching sound and the blast of a car horn told her that she had narrowly missed a collision with a fellow driver.’
    • ‘If the animal is in your path, break firmly but avoid swerving and sound your horn in short blasts to frighten the animal away.’
    • ‘As the runners were descending from England's highest mountain, they heard a scream and frantic blasts on an emergency whistle.’
    • ‘The phrases noted above are like blasts from an air horn or plastic trumpet, blaring technical correctness.’
    • ‘He was awakened in the morning by a loud blast from an oxen horn.’
    • ‘Her mysterious silences and then her loud, abrupt blasts of sound had made him curious, so he walked to the door, and rested his had on the door knob.’
    • ‘The air horn sounds a blast that can be heard over the roar of aircraft engines.’
    • ‘Entering the building, a blast of noise assaulted her ears.’
    blare, blaring, honk, bellow, boom, roar, screech, wail
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  • 4informal A severe reprimand.

    ‘I braced myself for the inevitable blast’
    • ‘She gives the leftie columnist a big blast for the dishonesty of his criticisms.’
    • ‘Another blast of criticism was aimed at the good lady wife of the rock musician.’
    • ‘The tennis prodigy offers a refreshingly impolite blast to his critics from the US Open before heading home.’
    • ‘So it is no mystery why my blast at the historian did not get the attention his did.’
    • ‘He retired after only a single appointed term, issuing a public blast against his own party and virtually inviting the opposition to take over his seat.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproach, reproval, scolding, remonstration, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, lecture, criticism, censure
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  • 5North American informal An enjoyable experience or lively party.

    ‘it could turn out to be a real blast’
    • ‘When it works out, it's a real blast to see all these people come there and have a good time.’
    • ‘It's a real blast, even for those who aren't hardcore fans of the series.’
    • ‘As long as you know what to expect and are well prepared, drift diving can be a real blast!’
    • ‘The first time was a great time, the second time was a blast.’
    • ‘The energy was fantastic and even the people backstage were having a blast.’
    • ‘And most importantly of all, these two-seater ragtops are a real blast to drive.’
    • ‘Kids of all ages can have a blast on cross country skis.’
    • ‘The food was certainly satisfying, wholesome and tasty and the experience was a blast.’
    • ‘My first show was a blast - I took second in the novice lightweight class!’
    • ‘The crew, nerds given the opportunity to create worlds, are having a blast making the movie; and so are the stars.’
    • ‘For the most part, all the fans I spoke to were a real blast, and very good sports.’
    • ‘I had the greatest time, some of those rides are a real blast.’
    • ‘She seemed to enjoy the extra room, and she had a blast attacking me all evening.’
    • ‘The party had been a blast, but the cleaning up was no fun.’
    • ‘I went there last night for the first time - what a blast!’
    • ‘She had a blast at the post-concert party last Saturday.’
    • ‘Dancing with my friends was a blast, dancing with strangers was too.’
    • ‘I had a blast at the party, meeting with and flirting outrageously with all the lovely men there, but not in a rude way.’
    • ‘For instance, if a good friend of yours threw a party that was a blast (save for a few minor glitches), you'd commend her.’
    • ‘I can't wait to party and have a blast at your restaurant!’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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Phrases

  • a blast from the past

    • informal Something powerfully nostalgic.

      ‘the soundtrack is a real blast from the past’
      • ‘Here's a little blast from the past.’
      • ‘It's a blast from the past, mid-1960s or very early 1970s at the latest, when these crushed coloured glass in resin things were popular.’
      • ‘I got an e-mail the other day from an old friend, one of those blasts from the past that take you back in time.’
      • ‘It was a real blast from the past for them when we published photographs that had never been collected from a developing laboratory.’
      • ‘Most of the cars dated from the 1950s and 60s, and according to the organiser, the outing proved a real blast from the past for the older generation.’
      • ‘Wow - what a blast from the past to see a list of my old co-workers.’
      • ‘This morning, while listening to the radio on the way to work, I heard an absolutely great blast from the past!’
      • ‘This little gem of a workout is a blast from the past because it requires only minimal equipment and a place to run or walk.’
      • ‘The old photographs were also a blast from the past for the family.’
      • ‘For those of us who were active in the antiwar movement, it's a blast from the past.’
  • (at) full blast

    • At maximum power or intensity.

      ‘the heat is on full blast’
      • ‘The worst causes are dogs barking for long periods, and people who play their music too loudly or have their TV on full blast.’
      • ‘Start up the engine and run the heat at full blast again until you're warm.’
      • ‘It took three enormous blankets and a heater on full blast to keep me warm.’
      • ‘Police cars swirled all over the ground, surrounding the crowd, lights and sirens on, full blast.’
      • ‘You get out of your car and the fiery heat hits you full blast.’
      • ‘Even with the air-conditioning going full blast, the sun began to turn his car into an oven.’
      • ‘He deplored the fact that the factory was started up at night and was going at full blast.’
      • ‘Then she drove home with the radio on full blast.’
      • ‘As the theatre group set up, I was treated to all my favorite pop songs played at full blast.’
      • ‘This song, like many others on the album, was written to be played at full blast.’
      with great force, full force, with full force, full blast, with a will, for all one is worth, with might and main, with all the stops out, all out, with a vengeance, vigorously, energetically, strongly, powerfully, madly
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Phrasal Verbs

  • blast off

    • (of a rocket or spacecraft) take off from a launching site.

      ‘space shuttles generally blast off with a minimum of fuss’
      • ‘I wouldn't want to miss it when the rocket blasts off.’
      • ‘The next inhabitants of the International Space Station blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, just after one o'clock this morning.’
      • ‘Current polar satellite launch vehicles can blast off carrying 1,000 to 1,200-kilogram units.’
      • ‘The spacecraft will blast off on 26 October on a journey that will take it approximately five months.’
      • ‘Europe's heavy lifting rocket has successfully blasted off from French Guiana with two telecoms satellites on board.’
      • ‘Above our heads an enormous spaceship blasts off into a star-filled sky.’
      • ‘A privately-built rocket blasted off into suborbital space above California's Mojave Desert today.’
      • ‘The rockets of the ship flared and they blasted off.’
      • ‘The captain pushes the start button and suddenly the spaceship blasts off into outer space!’
      • ‘His mind fills with images of sleek, silvery rockets, blasting off into space.’
      be launched, take off, lift off, leave the ground, become airborne, take to the air
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Origin

Old English blǣst, of Germanic origin; related to blaze.

Pronunciation

blast

/blɑːst/