verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Blow up or break apart (something solid) with explosives.

    ‘quantities of solid rock had to be blasted away’
    ‘the explosion blasted out hundreds of windows’
    • ‘A van filled with homemade explosives blasts the federal building in the city.’
    • ‘The bomb was used by the air force to blast helicopter landing zones in dense undergrowth.’
    • ‘You can see big chunks of this pillar have been blasted away by a bomb - and rather clumsily filled in with grey plaster later on.’
    • ‘Another explosion blasted the other end of the street apart.’
    • ‘Actually, the present lava dome at Mount St Helens is the third dome to form since the 1980 eruption, the previous two having been blasted away by the subsequent eruptions.’
    • ‘The missiles struck her, blasting apart most of her engines and missile launchers.’
    • ‘Several whole windows would have to be blasted out before a plane would depressurize enough to threaten life within the cabin.’
    • ‘Every piece of the hard rock had to be blasted out before being broken up with pick and shovel.’
    • ‘The builders blasted out the foundations of the old property with dynamite in order to fit in the base of the new house.’
    • ‘Trees were broken and cracked open, and buildings had been blasted apart as if by dynamite.’
    • ‘From a safe distance, a disposal expert presses a button, triggering an explosion which blasts the mine to pieces.’
    • ‘A suicide car bomber blasted a crowd of police recruits in the small town.’
    • ‘The windows and doors were all blasted away, but the main structure stood solid, and they survived with but a few scratches.’
    • ‘The explosion blasted the vessel into fragments, split the bed of the harbour and sent a mushroom cloud of smoke and debris surging three miles into the sky.’
    • ‘Explosions or collisions blast the objects into smaller pieces, increasing the number of objects further.’
    • ‘The attacking vehicles had been blasted apart, so there wasn't much left to salvage from them.’
    • ‘We all knew we were off to a good start since no one was blown or blasted into smithereens from any explosions.’
    • ‘He returned fire again, blasting a missile complex into atoms before moving back in the line to allow the undamaged ships access to the battle.’
    • ‘As the doors were blasted away, an audible gasp was heard from within.’
    • ‘One tornado blasted apart a theatre just minutes after a movie ended.’
    blow up, bomb, blow, blow to pieces, dynamite, explode
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    1. 1.1 Produce (damage or a hole) by means of an explosion.
      ‘the force of the collision blasted out a tremendous crater’
      • ‘It took eighteen months to blast out the first four tunnels which were within a mile and a half of the beginning.’
      • ‘The impact will blast a hole in the comet the size of a football stadium, officials say.’
      • ‘She then flew up as his plasma canon blasted away a large crater.’
      • ‘The raised cap of limestone has been blasted out.’
      • ‘Troops found the church with large holes blasted out of its cement walls and its tin roof collapsed.’
      • ‘It took fifteen minutes in order to find an opening in the fortress, a large hole blasted in the side of it.’
      • ‘Some of the dazed survivors, seeing a hole had been blasted in the wall, ran for it.’
      • ‘They blast holes in the walls and enter through them from one home to the next.’
      • ‘Note the bullet holes in the wall, and the mortar hole blasted through the walls in the background.’
      • ‘They had merrily managed to blast several large holes in the nearby walls, causing general mayhem.’
      • ‘He leaped at her but she just kicked him away before blasting out an exit in the wall.’
      • ‘A large hole has been blasted into the mountain, where cement, stones and steel bars pile high, destroying the greenland.’
      • ‘This allows the attacking soldiers access to the building through holes blasted in the walls.’
      • ‘With a dramatic swish of his cape, he ran out the hole he had blasted, jumping incredible distances just like the creatures they had faced.’
      • ‘The new pictures show that most of the moon is dark, but impacts have blasted holes in the surface to reveal much brighter material underneath.’
    2. 1.2with object and adverbial of direction Force or throw (something) in a specified direction by impact or explosion.
      ‘the car was blasted thirty feet into the sky’
      • ‘Explosion after explosion erupted, blasting dirt, mud and smoke high into the air.’
      • ‘A fourth Army helicopter was blasted out of the sky by ground fire earlier this year during a raid on a suspected terrorist camp.’
      • ‘The explosion blasted her off the cliff, but she was holding herself up by a claw.’
      • ‘It blasts them three feet a second, in a soaring arc that carries them as far as two feet away.’
      • ‘The rocket launcher allows you to blast rockets in the air.’
      • ‘The masked men attacking him turned to give me a startled look before they were blasted into the air by some invisible force that seemed to flow from inside of me.’
      • ‘Emergency workers blasted through solid rock from an adjacent mine to reach the miners.’
      • ‘This video has something of the emotional effect you get when you see the video from the Saturn V launch that blasted the first humans at the moon.’
      • ‘The explosion then blasts the elements into interstellar space.’
      • ‘A huge black blur struck the ground where he'd been standing scant instants ago, and a shower of dirt was blasted upwards from the impact.’
      • ‘The impact blasted watermelons and oranges and tomatoes all over the sidewalk.’
      propel, project, send forth, eject, deliver, discharge, spout, fire, shoot, catapult, launch, release, force, push, impel, ram
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    3. 1.3 Shoot with a gun.
      ‘Fowler was blasted with an air rifle’
      • ‘Before the stupid creature knew it, I had blasted several rounds of fire from my weapon.’
      • ‘Helicopter gunships blasted the town last week.’
      • ‘He stood up from behind the couch and opened fire, blasting the doorframe next to his enemy's head.’
      • ‘He brought the gun around and prepared himself to blast at anything that moved.’
      • ‘He was still firing at the control booth, blasting bigger holes in it than the pirates themselves had managed.’
      • ‘She blasted him in the face with a shot of plasma, more than likely killing the pilot instantly.’
      • ‘The more unusual ways of scattering ashes include packing them into fireworks which are then fired into the sky and putting ashes in shotgun cartridges to be blasted away.’
      • ‘A man was blasted in the foot by a gunman who fled the scene.’
      • ‘His cruiser had blasted more holes into the starboard side of the alien mothership.’
      • ‘He was able to bring up his gun quickly enough and started blasting at whoever or whatever was in that direction.’
      • ‘Both of the metal slabs on his hips unfolded into their gun modes and began blasting away the enemy units two at a time.’
      • ‘She fired a shot, blasting the hinge off the door.’
      • ‘Thrill seekers who blasted a car dealership with BB guns came under fire from community leaders who are calling for the toy weapons to be outlawed.’
      • ‘She blasted the ship with heavy cannon fire.’
      • ‘In a separate incident, a woman was critically ill in hospital last night after she was blasted with a shotgun in her house.’
      • ‘In his mind, he blasted six large holes in the blimp's gas cells.’
      • ‘Before she could do too much damage, he used a hidden gun to blast her away.’
      • ‘He turned and began to fire his machine gun wildly before he was blasted full of holes.’
      fire, fire away, shoot, shoot away, blaze, blaze away, let fly
      shoot, shoot down, gun down, mow down, cut down, put a bullet in, pick off, bag, fell, kill
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    4. 1.4no object , with adverbial of direction Move very quickly and loudly in a specified direction.
      ‘driving rain blasted through the smashed window’
      • ‘Smoke blasts through chimneys and the odd crevice, as if to remind you that this machine belongs to the era of steam power.’
      • ‘Rain came blasting down from the once-clear-of-clouds cloudy sky onto her face, trickling down her cheeks.’
      • ‘Bits of silver metal blasted in every direction.’
      • ‘An icy wind blasted down my street, funnelling and whipping wet hair across my face.’
      • ‘Heat blasted back into their faces from the barrage, yet still the armies advanced.’
      • ‘A gust of wind blasts against his face, carrying with it the scent of rot and decay and the suggestion of whispers.’
      • ‘She blasted out of the blocks and immediately established her dominance over the other runners.’
      • ‘She opened the nozzle and a powerful stream blasted out onto the hillside behind the house.’
      • ‘The wind was blasting hard into my face and against my body.’
      • ‘The ramp extended and a frigid wind blasted through the opening.’
      • ‘The blow dryer slipped out of his hands and I grimaced as the hot air blasted directly on my face.’
      • ‘The students began blasting past cars and began heading towards the airport entrance.’
      • ‘A wave of power blasted in the direction of the hunters, knocking them off their feet.’
      • ‘From there the heat blasts right through the interior window shade and into your home.’
      • ‘With gale-force winds blasting throughout the cabin, I concentrated on stabilizing the hose.’
      • ‘As the runner blasted out of the blocks in the 400 metres last week, it looked like she might make qualification.’
      • ‘Sitting in the carpark, watching the sheets of rain blasting across the tarmac, there really wasn't much else to do but go home.’
      • ‘I wrenched around, my blood pressure blasting into the stratosphere.’
      • ‘They blasted past the ship in one of the speedboats to quickly survey the reef's outer walls.’
      • ‘Foot traffic blasted by him, men and women, in pairs, in groups, all alone.’
  • 2Make or cause to make a loud continuous musical or other noise.

    no object ‘music blasted out at full volume’
    with object ‘an impatient motorist blasted his horn’
    • ‘Extravagantly costumed masquerade troupes shimmied down the streets as trucks with speakers piled high blasted out calypso and soul.’
    • ‘The workers customised the float with campaign slogans and blasted out classic tunes from popular bands.’
    • ‘Pupils aged between five and 18 blasted out renditions of well-known songs.’
    • ‘I started the car and blasted the radio, as I put it in reverse and drove out.’
    • ‘I went straight into my room and started to sleep, only to be awoken by loud pop music blasting in my ears.’
    • ‘The stereo blasted loudly as the people on the streets flashed by the window at unreal speeds.’
    • ‘Whenever someone is out, the loudspeaker blasts out a 10 second clip of some corny but apt popular music tune.’
    • ‘As the singer's voice blasted across the stadium, I quickly became disenchanted with the bottled sound of the band.’
    • ‘Hundreds of other drinkers packed into the warren of rooms as the star's voice blasted out of the sound system.’
    • ‘A supertanker, bulldozing down right behind us, blasted her bullhorn and sent us hightailing it back toward the shoreline.’
    • ‘The car behind you blasted its horn because you let a pedestrian finish crossing.’
    • ‘Hands wave madly in the air as the first grinding guitar riff blasts through the speakers.’
    • ‘So, if you like your country-ish rock complete with slide guitars and a little twang, feel free to blast it out your car stereo this summer.’
    • ‘In the last of a series of protests and parties by radical groups, youths drank and danced as a stereo system blasted out tunes.’
    • ‘The body beside him slumped forward onto the steering wheel and the horn blasted loudly through the silence.’
    • ‘The noise once again began blasting louder and louder.’
    • ‘I heard the TV blasting loudly in the living room where she was and felt my blood boil.’
    • ‘The stereo blasted out an endless stream of dance music as they swayed and sweated with the rest.’
    • ‘Could someone indicate to the technicians that we are being blasted out by the sound system?’
    • ‘The sweet sounds of the band blasted out of the speakers.’
    honk, sound loudly, trumpet, blare, boom, roar
    blare, boom, roar, thunder, bellow, pump, shriek, screech
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  • 3Kick, strike, or throw (a ball) hard.

    ‘Ripken blasted the ball into the gap in right field’
    • ‘He blasted home the free kick as the game entered injury time.’
    • ‘Then, four minutes from time, the striker blasted the ball against the bar with an empty net in front of him.’
    • ‘He blasted 17 fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 101, both reaching his ton and winning the match with his final six.’
    • ‘In the first minute the Kendal striker blasted a shot just wide.’
    • ‘He blasted a twenty yard free kick inches over the crossbar.’
    • ‘Within seconds all Jack's hard work looks wasted as Caniza wriggles free and blasts the ball past him.’
    • ‘His through ball put his teammate clear, but as the shot fell to him on his weaker left foot, he blasted his shot over.’
    • ‘In one fluid movement, he flicks the ball from his left foot on to his right foot, then blasts a volley into the net.’
    • ‘Instead of blasting the ball wide of Main, the striker elected to shoot straight at the keeper.’
    • ‘His first action of the game is to hack down Frei and Hakan Yakin blasts the resulting free kick wide of the right upright.’
    • ‘He chested the ball on to Robinson who blasted his 30 yard effort over the bar.’
    • ‘From the subsequent free kick, he blasted the ball just wide.’
    • ‘Is it wise to just blast the ball as hard as possible or should the player take the more cultured approach and go for accuracy?’
    • ‘He stands over the free-kick and blasts the ball hopelessly at the US wall.’
    • ‘The young Motherwell striker managed to blast the ball into the side netting.’
    • ‘He hit almost half his side's total of 269-6, blasting 19 fours and three sixes.’
    • ‘He blasted in a great ball that ricocheted against the post and rebounded back into play.’
    • ‘Which can you blast harder, a tennis serve or a slap shot?’
    • ‘He made no mistake with the free kick, blasting the ball into the top left hand corner of the net.’
    • ‘I gave him another stare, did a bit of a dummy, and blasted the ball as hard as I could.’
    • ‘Aftab blasted Gillespie's first ball over mid-wicket for six and then scampered a single from the next ball to seal a win.’
    • ‘Up stepped Parker to blast the ball past Marshall from the resultant kick.’
  • 4informal Criticize fiercely.

    ‘the school was blasted by government inspectors’
    • ‘Critics blasted him for pouring taxpayer funds into badly managed banks and unneeded infrastructure projects.’
    • ‘The president is already blasting congress for spending too much.’
    • ‘In recent years, the council has been blasted with icy criticisms from residents unhappy with the authority's winter road policies.’
    • ‘She has blasted the senator's criticism of the war by reminding viewers that he voted for the war.’
    • ‘Conservatives question whether TV ads for a new film blasting the president could unfairly impact voters.’
    • ‘Democrats are already blasting him for what they say are his extreme views.’
    • ‘He has blasted the Mansfield striker's ‘poor attitude’ during his loan stay at Wetherby Road.’
    • ‘Last night, he blasted someone in the audience for booing the mere mention of that band.’
    • ‘A farmer has blasted officials who threw out his appeal over rights of way across his land.’
    • ‘Rail bosses have been blasted for a lack of information on new timetables which have just gone up at the station.’
    • ‘It was also a colossal failure, shunned by audiences and blasted by critics as ‘pretentious.’’
    • ‘Some critics have blasted him for connecting violence at home to a past history of bloodshed and aggression abroad.’
    • ‘She has been blasted by one of Hollywood's top directors, as one of the rudest women in the industry.’
    • ‘Then he blasts the leader for not doing enough to fight AIDS.’
    • ‘The fire station officer blasted the firebugs for their stupidity.’
    • ‘I suppose that some people may blast me for these criticisms and claim that they found his adventures compelling.’
    • ‘The association blasted an independent report released by the government yesterday claiming speed cameras save lives.’
    • ‘General election candidates were blasted yesterday for sending thousands of unsolicited vote-getting phone messages to their constituents.’
    • ‘Now, she's blasting a judge for releasing two suspects held in her daughter's still unresolved case.’
    • ‘They've yet to call a press conference to blast the damage these warped images can do to the psyche of young people in this country.’
    • ‘Just as I marched up, the commander came up in a car and blasted the hell out of me for putting a tent up where it was.’
    reprimand, rebuke, criticize, upbraid, berate, castigate, reprove, rail at, flay
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  • 5literary (of a wind or other natural force) wither, shrivel, or blight (a plant)

    ‘crops blasted on the eve of harvest’
    blight, kill, destroy, wither, shrivel
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    1. 5.1 Strike with divine anger.
      ‘damn and blast this awful place!’
      • ‘Tom won the descent blast him!’
    2. 5.2 Destroy or ruin.
      ‘a candidate whose only strategy is to blast the opposition’
      • ‘As for Glasgow, they've already blasted Munster off the park in the Celtic League.’
      • ‘It's not as if the candidate's crew hadn't already tried to blast his opponent to smithereens.’
      • ‘He has not yet had his trial but his life has already been blasted into disarray.’
      destroy, crush, dash, blight, wreck, ruin, spoil, mar, annihilate, disappoint, frustrate
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