Definition of blast in US English:

blast

noun

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

    ‘they were thrown backward by the blast’
    • ‘The blast blew out windows and walls, overturned tables and cut electricity, plunging the hotel into eerie darkness.’
    • ‘The blast blew the glass out of every apartment window in the block.’
    • ‘Nearly the entire ground floor had been blown out by the blast and what was left to support the building was burning.’
    • ‘Three other soldiers were wounded as the blast blew off the tanks turret, pinning them down.’
    • ‘The blasts blew out the windows of nearby restaurants in the upscale neighbourhood.’
    • ‘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 shock wave from the blast kills the majority of fish species on the reef and causes severe damage to its structure.’
    • ‘The plane shuddered with shock waves from the blast.’
    • ‘Yesterday a fire service spokesman said: ‘The blast just blew the whole of the front of the shop off.’’
    • ‘The blast caused a shock wave across the town, smashing windows and shaking houses.’
    • ‘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 blast blew out windows in the room where the two met moments before.’
    • ‘As energy waves from the blasts travel through the ground they will be recorded by portable seismometers placed throughout the area.’
    • ‘A concrete security barrier close to the embassy absorbed most of the blast and prevented further damage and injuries, officials said.’
    • ‘The powerful blast blew pieces of the car five blocks away.’
    • ‘The principal effect of a bomb is explosive blast, which may be combined with fragmentation or incendiary effects.’
    • ‘The owner was not at home, but the blast blew out the front wall of his home and left him homeless.’
    • ‘He was in the kitchen of his home when the blast blew out the back door and demolished internal walls.’
    • ‘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 resulting blast blew out all the windows, throwing debris up to 100 metres.’
    shock wave, pressure wave, bang, crash, crack
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    1. 1.1 An explosion or explosive firing, especially of a bomb.
      ‘a bomb blast’
      ‘a shotgun blast’
      • ‘The shotgun blast was followed by a sharp percussive explosion as the entire hillside lit up in a white phosphorescent glare.’
      • ‘Later 20 people were wounded in a grenade blast which police said had been aimed at a security patrol but missed its target.’
      • ‘Two bomb blasts and a bomb threat last week have caused tension and disturbance in the region.’
      • ‘The destructive blast impacted with the road to the left of the middle Jeep.’
      • ‘Every now and then, we hear about daylight robberies, shootouts, murders and bomb blasts.’
      • ‘Many have expressed their pessimism over the police's ability to find the perpetrators in the latest bomb blasts.’
      • ‘He swung the gun around, firing two sharp blasts at the other man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bomb attacks in London in 1992 resulted in guidance being published on how to design for bomb blasts.’
      • ‘They were accused of being the main conspirators and facilitators of the bomb blasts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Small explosions and blasts spread through the sector, becoming larger along the way.’
      • ‘He had to fly in that cruel place, where the air is as destructive as a nuclear blast, for 4,000 miles.’
      • ‘A spate of recent bomb blasts have scared people, maimed citizens, claimed hundreds of innocent lives and brought about suffering to the bereaved.’
      • ‘Several tourists have been injured by bomb blasts in Spain in recent weeks.’
      • ‘Three police officers were wounded in a grenade blast earlier during the raid.’
      • ‘The race is on to save the lives of those injured by the bomb blasts; many tourists, however, are unaccounted for.’
      • ‘Between the energy wave and the rifle blasts, the door had become quite unstable.’
      explosion, detonation, discharge, burst, eruption
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    2. 1.2 A forceful attack or assault.
      ‘he defeated his weakest opponent in such a blast that the fans left unimpressed’
      barrage, cannonade, battery, bombardment, broadside, salvo, fusillade
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  • 2A strong gust of wind or air.

    ‘the icy blast hit them’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I stepped out of the car, I was hit with a blast of icy wind.’
    • ‘I was suddenly hit by a sharp blast of cold wind; someone had opened the door.’
    • ‘The machine injects a rod 15 inches into the ground before exploding a blast of compressed air to loosen the earth and help drainage.’
    • ‘As soon as she said that a blast of wind shot upward, making her hood fly off and her hair fly to the sky.’
    • ‘He pulled out his combat knife and punctured his air bag sending a blast of hot compressed air in his direction.’
    • ‘A blast of wind hit us in the face and the light blinded me temporarily.’
    • ‘A blast of wind hit me but it was warm and sweet with the promise of Spring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wind delivered consistent blasts in between gusts and gales.’
    • ‘The blast of cold wind almost hits me on the face, reminding of the real feel of Christmas in our place.’
    • ‘Right now the gutter looks good, warm somehow, perhaps half a degree safer than the blast of icy wind at head height.’
    • ‘And then suddenly an icy blast of wind - she hadn't thought it was possible to get any colder - struck her body.’
    • ‘Every time the doors of the tram opened a blast of icy wind came in.’
    • ‘Their shapes were distorted by the howling blasts of icy wind.’
    • ‘Suddenly a blast of wind rushed through the broken windows, pinning his hand to a wall.’
    • ‘I love winter, the chill in the air, how the fresh blast of wind brings colour to my cheeks.’
    • ‘She pulled her duster closer around her and shivered at the icy blast of wind Mother Nature sent her way.’
    • ‘Without warning, strong blasts of wind blew around them, ripping trees from their roots.’
    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 other noisemaking device.

    ‘a blast of the ship's siren’
    • ‘A blast of melody rang throughout the crowd, and immediately everyone began to dance around, grabbing the nearest person to be their partner.’
    • ‘Things make a rapid right turn with this song though - a blast of guitar bursts out unexpectedly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was awakened in the morning by a loud blast from an oxen horn.’
    • ‘Entering the building, a blast of noise assaulted her ears.’
    • ‘As the runners were descending from England's highest mountain, they heard a scream and frantic blasts on an emergency whistle.’
    • ‘The air horn sounds a blast that can be heard over the roar of aircraft engines.’
    • ‘A screeching sound and the blast of a car horn told her that she had narrowly missed a collision with a fellow driver.’
    • ‘The album is studded throughout with glorious blasts of trumpet adding to the CD's general utter charm.’
    • ‘If the animal is in your path, break firmly but avoid swerving and sound your horn in short blasts to frighten the animal away.’
    • ‘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 trumpet blast echoed through his ears for a second time, announcing the start of the trek home.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a huge flash and a blast of thunder blew out of the forest, sending birds flapping away in torrents.’
    • ‘The now familiar, spine chilling bugle gave a long blast and the enemy surged forward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The phrases noted above are like blasts from an air horn or plastic trumpet, blaring technical correctness.’
    • ‘From the edge of the field, the horns sounded a harsh blast.’
    • ‘Plumes of white vapor fill the air, and the blast of a steam whistle announces the train's departure.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘Dancing with my friends was a blast, dancing with strangers was too.’
    • ‘The party had been a blast, but the cleaning up was no fun.’
    • ‘Kids of all ages can have a blast on cross country skis.’
    • ‘The first time was a great time, the second time was a blast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She seemed to enjoy the extra room, and she had a blast attacking me all evening.’
    • ‘I had a blast at the party, meeting with and flirting outrageously with all the lovely men there, but not in a rude way.’
    • ‘I can't wait to party and have a blast at your restaurant!’
    • ‘The energy was fantastic and even the people backstage were having a blast.’
    • ‘I went there last night for the first time - what a blast!’
    • ‘I had the greatest time, some of those rides are a real blast.’
    • ‘And most importantly of all, these two-seater ragtops are a real blast to drive.’
    • ‘The crew, nerds given the opportunity to create worlds, are having a blast making the movie; and so are the stars.’
    • ‘She had a blast at the post-concert party last Saturday.’
    • ‘For the most part, all the fans I spoke to were a real blast, and very good sports.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘My first show was a blast - I took second in the novice lightweight class!’
    • ‘The food was certainly satisfying, wholesome and tasty and the experience was a blast.’
    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 forcefully nostalgic.

      ‘a request for a real old blast from the past’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here's a little blast from the past.’
      • ‘For those of us who were active in the antiwar movement, it's a blast from the past.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘The old photographs were also a blast from the past for the family.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • (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.’
      • ‘Even with the air-conditioning going full blast, the sun began to turn his car into an oven.’
      • ‘Then she drove home with the radio on full blast.’
      • ‘He deplored the fact that the factory was started up at night and was going at full blast.’
      • ‘It took three enormous blankets and a heater on full blast to keep me warm.’
      • ‘As the theatre group set up, I was treated to all my favorite pop songs played at full blast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Start up the engine and run the heat at full blast again until you're warm.’
      • ‘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.

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

/blæst//blast/