Word of the Day: blast

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
February 19, 2016
 
blast (noun, verb)
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A blast is an explosion, a strong and violent wave of air, or a loud sudden noise. Figuratively it means 'a harsh critique or attack' and informally, a blast is a very enjoyable experience. As a verb, to blast means 'to make something explode.' It also means 'to attack and criticize severely.'

 

Example sentences

 

A gas pipe exploded and the blast broke all the windows on the street.
Every time a customer opened the door, there was a blast of wind in the restaurant.
The driver gave a blast on his horn to warn the pedestrian.
The party last night was great. We had a blast.
The workers blasted the side of the mountain so they could extract the stone.
The critics blasted the novelist's new book.

 

Words often used with blast
 
blast off: of a rocket, to take off. Example: "The rocket blasted off into space, leaving the Earth behind."
blast something open: to use explosives to open a door or a safe (a safe is a locked place where money or valuables are stored, as in a bank). Example: "The thieves didn't know the safe's combination, so they had to blast it open."
 
Multi-word forms
 
at full blast: very loudly. Example: My neighbors had a party last night and they had the music play at full blast until 3 am.
 
Did you know?
 
In the UK, blast is also an informal interjection, used to express annoyance. Example: "Blast! That's the third plate I've broken this week."
 
Other forms
 
blaster (noun), blasting (noun, adjective), blasted (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Blast dates back to before the year 1000 and comes from the Old English word blǣst, meaning 'a blowing'; it is related to the Old Norse word blāstr and the Old High German word blāst.
 
 
 
 
 
Blast in other languages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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