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’
    • ‘The builders blasted out the foundations of the old property with dynamite in order to fit in the base of the new house.’
    • ‘Another explosion blasted the other end of the street apart.’
    • ‘Trees were broken and cracked open, and buildings had been blasted apart as if by dynamite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A suicide car bomber blasted a crowd of police recruits in the small town.’
    • ‘A van filled with homemade explosives blasts the federal building in the city.’
    • ‘We all knew we were off to a good start since no one was blown or blasted into smithereens from any explosions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The attacking vehicles had been blasted apart, so there wasn't much left to salvage from them.’
    • ‘The windows and doors were all blasted away, but the main structure stood solid, and they survived with but a few scratches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every piece of the hard rock had to be blasted out before being broken up with pick and shovel.’
    • ‘The missiles struck her, blasting apart most of her engines and missile launchers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From a safe distance, a disposal expert presses a button, triggering an explosion which blasts the mine to pieces.’
    • ‘One tornado blasted apart a theatre just minutes after a movie ended.’
    • ‘Explosions or collisions blast the objects into smaller pieces, increasing the number of objects further.’
    • ‘Several whole windows would have to be blasted out before a plane would depressurize enough to threaten life within the cabin.’
    • ‘As the doors were blasted away, an audible gasp was heard from within.’
    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’
      • ‘Note the bullet holes in the wall, and the mortar hole blasted through the walls in the background.’
      • ‘The impact will blast a hole in the comet the size of a football stadium, officials say.’
      • ‘It took fifteen minutes in order to find an opening in the fortress, a large hole blasted in the side of it.’
      • ‘The raised cap of limestone has been blasted out.’
      • ‘They blast holes in the walls and enter through them from one home to the next.’
      • ‘She then flew up as his plasma canon blasted away a large crater.’
      • ‘Troops found the church with large holes blasted out of its cement walls and its tin roof collapsed.’
      • ‘Some of the dazed survivors, seeing a hole had been blasted in the wall, ran for it.’
      • ‘It took eighteen months to blast out the first four tunnels which were within a mile and a half of the beginning.’
      • ‘They had merrily managed to blast several large holes in the nearby walls, causing general mayhem.’
      • ‘This allows the attacking soldiers access to the building through holes blasted in the walls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘Emergency workers blasted through solid rock from an adjacent mine to reach the miners.’
      • ‘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 explosion blasted her off the cliff, but she was holding herself up by a claw.’
      • ‘The explosion then blasts the elements into interstellar space.’
      • ‘It blasts them three feet a second, in a soaring arc that carries them as far as two feet away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rocket launcher allows you to blast rockets in 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 impact blasted watermelons and oranges and tomatoes all over the sidewalk.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘He brought the gun around and prepared himself to blast at anything that moved.’
      • ‘He stood up from behind the couch and opened fire, blasting the doorframe next to his enemy's head.’
      • ‘In a separate incident, a woman was critically ill in hospital last night after she was blasted with a shotgun in her house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Before she could do too much damage, he used a hidden gun to blast her away.’
      • ‘She fired a shot, blasting the hinge off the door.’
      • ‘She blasted the ship with heavy cannon fire.’
      • ‘In his mind, he blasted six large holes in the blimp's gas cells.’
      • ‘His cruiser had blasted more holes into the starboard side of the alien mothership.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both of the metal slabs on his hips unfolded into their gun modes and began blasting away the enemy units two at a time.’
      • ‘A man was blasted in the foot by a gunman who fled the scene.’
      • ‘He turned and began to fire his machine gun wildly before he was blasted full of holes.’
      • ‘He was still firing at the control booth, blasting bigger holes in it than the pirates themselves had managed.’
      • ‘Helicopter gunships blasted the town last week.’
      • ‘Before the stupid creature knew it, I had blasted several rounds of fire from my weapon.’
      • ‘She blasted him in the face with a shot of plasma, more than likely killing the pilot instantly.’
      • ‘He was able to bring up his gun quickly enough and started blasting at whoever or whatever was in that direction.’
      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’
      • ‘An icy wind blasted down my street, funnelling and whipping wet hair across my face.’
      • ‘As the runner blasted out of the blocks in the 400 metres last week, it looked like she might make qualification.’
      • ‘I wrenched around, my blood pressure blasting into the stratosphere.’
      • ‘The blow dryer slipped out of his hands and I grimaced as the hot air blasted directly on my face.’
      • ‘They blasted past the ship in one of the speedboats to quickly survey the reef's outer walls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The students began blasting past cars and began heading towards the airport entrance.’
      • ‘The ramp extended and a frigid wind blasted through the opening.’
      • ‘The wind was blasting hard into my face and against my body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bits of silver metal blasted in every direction.’
      • ‘Rain came blasting down from the once-clear-of-clouds cloudy sky onto her face, trickling down her cheeks.’
      • ‘Sitting in the carpark, watching the sheets of rain blasting across the tarmac, there really wasn't much else to do but go home.’
      • ‘Foot traffic blasted by him, men and women, in pairs, in groups, all alone.’
      • ‘Smoke blasts through chimneys and the odd crevice, as if to remind you that this machine belongs to the era of steam power.’
      • ‘She opened the nozzle and a powerful stream blasted out onto the hillside behind the house.’
      • ‘She blasted out of the blocks and immediately established her dominance over the other runners.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hands wave madly in the air as the first grinding guitar riff blasts through the speakers.’
    • ‘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 heard the TV blasting loudly in the living room where she was and felt my blood boil.’
    • ‘The noise once again began blasting louder and louder.’
    • ‘Hundreds of other drinkers packed into the warren of rooms as the star's voice blasted out of the sound system.’
    • ‘The sweet sounds of the band blasted out of the speakers.’
    • ‘Could someone indicate to the technicians that we are being blasted out by the sound system?’
    • ‘As the singer's voice blasted across the stadium, I quickly became disenchanted with the bottled sound of the band.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whenever someone is out, the loudspeaker blasts out a 10 second clip of some corny but apt popular music tune.’
    • ‘The body beside him slumped forward onto the steering wheel and the horn blasted loudly through the silence.’
    • ‘In the last of a series of protests and parties by radical groups, youths drank and danced as a stereo system blasted out tunes.’
    • ‘Extravagantly costumed masquerade troupes shimmied down the streets as trucks with speakers piled high blasted out calypso and soul.’
    • ‘The stereo blasted out an endless stream of dance music as they swayed and sweated with the rest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stereo blasted loudly as the people on the streets flashed by the window at unreal speeds.’
    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’
    • ‘In one fluid movement, he flicks the ball from his left foot on to his right foot, then blasts a volley into the net.’
    • ‘Aftab blasted Gillespie's first ball over mid-wicket for six and then scampered a single from the next ball to seal a win.’
    • ‘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 blasted home the free kick as the game entered injury time.’
    • ‘He stands over the free-kick and blasts the ball hopelessly at the US wall.’
    • ‘Then, four minutes from time, the striker blasted the ball against the bar with an empty net in front of him.’
    • ‘Up stepped Parker to blast the ball past Marshall from the resultant kick.’
    • ‘Instead of blasting the ball wide of Main, the striker elected to shoot straight at the keeper.’
    • ‘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 the first minute the Kendal striker blasted a shot just wide.’
    • ‘He blasted a twenty yard free kick inches over the crossbar.’
    • ‘I gave him another stare, did a bit of a dummy, and blasted the ball as hard as I could.’
    • ‘He hit almost half his side's total of 269-6, blasting 19 fours and three sixes.’
    • ‘He blasted 17 fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 101, both reaching his ton and winning the match with his final six.’
    • ‘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 made no mistake with the free kick, blasting the ball into the top left hand corner of the net.’
    • ‘The young Motherwell striker managed to blast the ball into the side netting.’
    • ‘Which can you blast harder, a tennis serve or a slap shot?’
    • ‘He blasted in a great ball that ricocheted against the post and rebounded back into play.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within seconds all Jack's hard work looks wasted as Caniza wriggles free and blasts the ball past him.’
  • 4informal Criticize fiercely.

    ‘the school was blasted by government inspectors’
    • ‘The president is already blasting congress for spending too much.’
    • ‘Rail bosses have been blasted for a lack of information on new timetables which have just gone up at the station.’
    • ‘General election candidates were blasted yesterday for sending thousands of unsolicited vote-getting phone messages to their constituents.’
    • ‘Critics blasted him for pouring taxpayer funds into badly managed banks and unneeded infrastructure projects.’
    • ‘Some critics have blasted him for connecting violence at home to a past history of bloodshed and aggression abroad.’
    • ‘In recent years, the council has been blasted with icy criticisms from residents unhappy with the authority's winter road policies.’
    • ‘Now, she's blasting a judge for releasing two suspects held in her daughter's still unresolved case.’
    • ‘Conservatives question whether TV ads for a new film blasting the president could unfairly impact voters.’
    • ‘A farmer has blasted officials who threw out his appeal over rights of way across his land.’
    • ‘Democrats are already blasting him for what they say are his extreme views.’
    • ‘She has blasted the senator's criticism of the war by reminding viewers that he voted for the war.’
    • ‘The association blasted an independent report released by the government yesterday claiming speed cameras save lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then he blasts the leader for not doing enough to fight AIDS.’
    • ‘He has blasted the Mansfield striker's ‘poor attitude’ during his loan stay at Wetherby Road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has been blasted by one of Hollywood's top directors, as one of the rudest women in the industry.’
    • ‘Last night, he blasted someone in the audience for booing the mere mention of that band.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was also a colossal failure, shunned by audiences and blasted by critics as ‘pretentious.’’
    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’
      • ‘He has not yet had his trial but his life has already been blasted into disarray.’
      • ‘It's not as if the candidate's crew hadn't already tried to blast his opponent to smithereens.’
      • ‘As for Glasgow, they've already blasted Munster off the park in the Celtic League.’
      destroy, crush, dash, blight, wreck, ruin, spoil, mar, annihilate, disappoint, frustrate
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