Definition of blister in English:

blister

noun

  • 1A small bubble on the skin filled with serum and caused by friction, burning, or other damage.

    ‘his heels were covered in blisters’
    • ‘Some chemicals make the area blister and cause the wart to fall off.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for athletes to suffer such ailments as stress fractures, runner's knee, bunions and blisters.’
    • ‘Closely monitor your feet before and after exercise for any signs of potential damage, such as blisters, which can lead to ulcers if left untreated.’
    • ‘If your lipstick comes in contact with a fever blister or cold sore, throw it away.’
    • ‘Over the next three days the blisters developed into ulcers.’
    • ‘Examine your feet thoroughly, looking for blisters, cuts and bruises.’
    • ‘If the skin rash is very severe blisters and ulcers can develop.’
    • ‘To prevent blisters friction should be reduced and the skin kept dry.’
    • ‘There may also be redness around the blister, and the skin may feel hot and painful.’
    • ‘Call the doctor if your baby has a rash with blisters or bumps.’
    • ‘What that means is his skin blisters from the slightest friction.’
    • ‘These look like blisters, ulcers, or chapped areas.’
    • ‘Herpes sores usually look like blisters or cold sores.’
    • ‘Common causes of blisters include friction and burns.’
    • ‘Other symptoms could include swollen glands, red eyes, sore throat, diarrhea, and a rash that looks like blisters or bruises.’
    • ‘After the area is warmed the skin will be discoloured and will blister, these blisters should not be broken, but covered with a sterile covering.’
    • ‘It will cause a skin rash with blisters or red bumps.’
    • ‘Chicken pox is contagious until all of the blisters on the skin are scabbed over.’
    • ‘It may look very bright red with red bumps and blisters.’
    • ‘Cold sores are red blisters on the lips, nostrils, cheeks, or fingers.’
    bleb, bulla, pustule, vesicle, vesication, blain
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    1. 1.1 A swelling filled with air or fluid on the surface of a plant, heated metal, painted wood, etc.
      ‘check for cracks and blisters in sheet roofing felt’
      • ‘The blisters usually show up in the last coat of paint and occur within a few hours to 1 or 2 days after painting.’
      • ‘Moisture blisters usually include all paint coats down to the wood surface.’
      • ‘Many were found to be developing internal cracks and big blisters.’
      • ‘It was spherical and snooker-ball sized with deep U-grooves over its surface so that the ridges between became blisters.’
      • ‘Inspect the hull for blisters, distortion, and stress cracks.’
      • ‘Mark the blister with spray paint and monitor it as part of the roofs routine maintenance.’
      • ‘Their problems did not resolve immediately and some boards blistered using other company's ink.’
      • ‘Let the blister and the surrounding wood dry thoroughly before adding glue.’
      • ‘While a person is feeling the tread, the entire tire should also be inspected for such safety-related damage as cuts, cracks, blisters, or bulges.’
      • ‘If not enough time is allowed, the wallpaper may continue to expand on the wall causing bubbles or blisters.’
      bubble, swelling, bulge, bump, lump, protuberance
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    2. 1.2Medicine historical A preparation applied to the skin to form a blister.
      • ‘Today I have applied a blister to my stomach, or rather on my left side.’
      • ‘A physician was called, who soon after his arrival applied a blister to the throat and let another pint of blood.’
  • 2British dated, informal An annoying person.

    ‘the child is a disgusting little blister’
    nuisance, bother, annoyance, irritation, irritant, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, vexation, trial, the bane of one's life, menace, curse, problem, trouble, worry, inconvenience, bore, gadfly
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Form blisters on the skin or other surface.

    ‘the surface of the door began to blister’
    ‘he had blistered feet’
    • ‘Nine-year-old Gloria suffers from a rare painful disease that leaves her skin blistered.’
    • ‘‘It has got progressively worse and now when I cry my face burns and begins to blister,’ she said.’
    • ‘The skin of victims of mustard gas blistered, the eyes became very sore and they began to vomit.’
    • ‘It turned the skin pale and it blistered on exposure to sunlight.’
    • ‘My feet are sweaty and blistered as if I've been walking forever.’
    • ‘I could feel the skin there beginning to blister.’
    • ‘My feet were beginning to blister, and my joints ached, but finally, tired and weary, I reached the final step.’
    • ‘They will collapse and soften, and their skin will blacken and blister.’
    • ‘Meanwhile preheat the grill, place the peppers skin side up on a sheet of foil, on a grill tray, and heat under the grill for 5-10 mins, until the skin is charred and blistered.’
    • ‘Most severe forms may cause the skin to blister and peel over the entire body surface.’
    • ‘They will puff up and the skin will blister slightly.’
    • ‘Use thicker-fleshed chiles, such as poblanos, and allow their skin to blacken and blister without burning through the flesh.’
    • ‘The pavement was hot and full of small stones, and his stocking feet began to blister.’
    • ‘This surface film can blister or peel if the wood is wetted or if inside water vapor moves through the house wall and wood siding because of the absence of a vapor barrier.’
    • ‘The skin blistered later in the day, but I wasn't around to take photos that time either.’
    • ‘Soon everything was on fire and she watched helplessly as her skin blistered and burned.’
    • ‘In rare instances the skin can blister and peel.’
    • ‘His smooth, glowing skin began to blister and crack.’
    • ‘This causes the skin to blister on contact, which can result in infection, sepsis, and death.’
    • ‘The skin had blistered over and fell into a soft pale purple color and the swelling went down.’
    peel off, peel, chip, scale off, blister, come off, come off in layers
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    1. 1.1with object Cause blisters to form on the surface of.
      ‘a caustic liquid that blisters the skin’
      • ‘He was also suffering from bites that had severely blistered both of his legs.’
      • ‘It made the merchants under their canopies sweat like cattle, and blistered the weathered skin of the tireless workers just outside the city.’
      • ‘Flames climbed one wall of the room and I choked and hacked as heat and smoke seared my lungs; blistering my skin.’
      • ‘The disease, which blisters the mouths and hooves of livestock, cannot be transmitted to humans, presenting no health risk to people eating the meat or drinking the milk of the infected cows.’
      • ‘I have had several blistered fingers and throbbing arms from the evil socket.’
      • ‘This thing around my neck is searing and blistering my skin black and cutting off circulation to my brain and life-giving oxygen to my lungs.’
      • ‘I climbed them, swinging from one to another, blistering my hands and straining my muscles, all the while feeling like the surface was not getting any nearer.’
      • ‘They scurried across the boy's skin and began to bite him, blistering his skin in many places, and injecting poison into every wound.’
      • ‘His parents first began to notice something was wrong when he was six months old after he badly blistered his fingers on a hot potato chip.’
      • ‘Pretty soon, red and orange flames leaped around her with heat enough to warm and then blister her skin, despite the light fall of rain that started after the fire was lit.’
      • ‘It damages the lungs and other internal organs, and blisters the skin and eyes.’
      • ‘If you breathe it, it will blister your mouth and throat until you suffocate.’
      • ‘Michael fired a bolt past his ear, singing some hair off and blistering the skin.’
      • ‘Spending too much time in the sun, or not using adequate protection can blister your skin and make it peel.’
      • ‘I should have learned after blistering my hands so badly in Banbury.’
      • ‘The prosthesis rubs and pulls on my leg, blistering the skin.’
      • ‘We get waved towards the back of the plane and the exhaust trail goes back a 100 yards, inside of it it's like a furnace, you can almost feel it blistering your face.’
      • ‘However, many of those who complain about vivisection in the make-up industry would be the first to sue a cosmetic firm if their animal-testing-free mascara blistered their skin.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old French blestre ‘swelling, pimple’.

Pronunciation

blister

/ˈblɪstə/