What does blast mean?

Definitions for blast
blæst, blɑstblast

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blastnoun

    a very long fly ball

  2. bang, clap, eruption, blast, bamnoun

    a sudden very loud noise

  3. gust, blast, blownoun

    a strong current of air

    "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"

  4. blastnoun

    an explosion (as of dynamite)

  5. good time, blastnoun

    a highly pleasurable or exciting experience

    "we had a good time at the party"; "celebrating after the game was a blast"

  6. fire, attack, flak, flack, blastverb

    intense adverse criticism

    "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"

  7. blast, blareverb

    make a strident sound

    "She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone"

  8. smash, nail, boom, blastverb

    hit hard

    "He smashed a 3-run homer"

  9. blast, shellverb

    use explosives on

    "The enemy has been shelling us all day"

  10. blastverb

    apply a draft or strong wind to to

    "the air conditioning was blasting cold air at us"

  11. blast, shellverb

    create by using explosives

    "blast a passage through the mountain"

  12. blastverb

    make with or as if with an explosion

    "blast a tunnel through the Alps"

  13. blast, shootverb

    fire a shot

    "the gunman blasted away"

  14. savage, blast, pillory, crucifyverb

    criticize harshly or violently

    "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"

  15. blast, knock downverb

    shatter as if by explosion

  16. blastverb

    shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLASTnoun

    Etymology: from blæst, Saxon; blasen, Germ. to blow.

    They that stand high, have many blasts to shake them;
    And, if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Welcome, then,
    Thou unsubstantial air, that I embrace;
    The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst,
    Owes nothing to thy blasts. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Perhaps thy fortune doth controul the winds,
    Doth loose or bind their blasts in secret cave. Edward Fairfax, b. i.

    Three ships were hurry’d by the southern blast,
    And on the secret shelves with fury cast. John Dryden, Æneid.

    In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man,
    As modest stilness and humility;
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tyger. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    He blew his trumpet —— the angelick blast
    Fill’d all the regions. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi. l. 76.

    The Veline fountains, and sulphureous Nar,
    Shake at the baleful blast, the signal of the war. John Dryden, Æn.

    Whether there be two different goddesses called Fame, or one goddess sounding two different trumpets, it is certain, villainy has as good a title to a blast from the proper trumpet, as virtue has from the former. Jonathan Swift.

    By the blast of God they perish. Job, iv. 9.

  2. To Blastverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
    Into her scornful eyes! infect her beauty,
    You fensuck’d fogs, drawn by the powerful sun,
    To fall and blast her pride. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Oh! Portius, is there not some chosen curse,
    Some hidden thunder in the store of heaven,
    Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man,
    Who owes his greatness to his country’s ruin. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Upon this blasted heath you stop our way. Macbeth.

    And behold seven thin ears, and blasted with the eastwind sprung up after them. Gen. xli. 6.

    She that like lightning shin’d, while her face lasted,
    The oak now resembles, which lightning had blasted. Edmund Waller.

    To his green years your censures you would suit,
    Not blast that blossom, but expect the fruit. Dryden.

    Agony unmix’d, incessant gall
    Corroding every thought, and blasting all
    Love’s paradise. James Thomson, Spring, l. 1075.

    He shews himself either very weak, if he will take my work, when he thinks I deserve no credit; or very malicious, if he knows I deserve credit, and yet goes about to blast it. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Discourses on Romish Idolatry.

    This commerce, Jeshophat king of Juda endeavoured to renew; but his enterprize was blasted by the destruction of vessels in the harbour. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    With brazen din, blast you the city’s ears;
    Make mingle with your ratt’ling tabourines. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.


  1. blast

    In bioinformatics, BLAST (basic local alignment search tool) is an algorithm and program for comparing primary biological sequence information, such as the amino-acid sequences of proteins or the nucleotides of DNA and/or RNA sequences. A BLAST search enables a researcher to compare a subject protein or nucleotide sequence (called a query) with a library or database of sequences, and identify database sequences that resemble the query sequence above a certain threshold. For example, following the discovery of a previously unknown gene in the mouse, a scientist will typically perform a BLAST search of the human genome to see if humans carry a similar gene; BLAST will identify sequences in the human genome that resemble the mouse gene based on similarity of sequence.


  1. blast

    Blast generally refers to a destructive or damaging force or explosion. It can be a powerful or extremely fast blow that is initiated suddenly, often involving air pressure or heat. Furthermore, in scientific contexts, it can refer to the process of using explosives in excavation or surface stripping. In medical terminology, it can refer to immature cells that can grow into different types of mature cells. The term 'blast' is also used informally in contexts to mean having a good time or an enjoyable experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blastnoun

    a violent gust of wind

  2. Blastnoun

    a forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast

  3. Blastnoun

    the exhaust steam from and engine, driving a column of air out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by the blast

  4. Blastnoun

    the sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the sound produces at one breath

  5. Blastnoun

    a sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight

  6. Blastnoun

    the act of rending, or attempting to rend, heavy masses of rock, earth, etc., by the explosion of gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; also, the charge used for this purpose

  7. Blastnoun

    a flatulent disease of sheep

  8. Blastverb

    to injure, as by a noxious wind; to cause to wither; to stop or check the growth of, and prevent from fruit-bearing, by some pernicious influence; to blight; to shrivel

  9. Blastverb

    hence, to affect with some sudden violence, plague, calamity, or blighting influence, which destroys or causes to fail; to visit with a curse; to curse; to ruin; as, to blast pride, hopes, or character

  10. Blastverb

    to confound by a loud blast or din

  11. Blastverb

    to rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; to shatter; as, to blast rocks

  12. Blastverb

    to be blighted or withered; as, the bud blasted in the blossom

  13. Blastverb

    to blow; to blow on a trumpet


  1. BLAST

    In bioinformatics, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, or BLAST, is an algorithm for comparing primary biological sequence information, such as the amino-acid sequences of different proteins or the nucleotides of DNA sequences. A BLAST search enables a researcher to compare a query sequence with a library or database of sequences, and identify library sequences that resemble the query sequence above a certain threshold. Different types of BLASTs are available according to the query sequences. For example, following the discovery of a previously unknown gene in the mouse, a scientist will typically perform a BLAST search of the human genome to see if humans carry a similar gene; BLAST will identify sequences in the human genome that resemble the mouse gene based on similarity of sequence. The BLAST program was designed by Stephen Altschul, Warren Gish, Webb Miller, Eugene Myers, and David J. Lipman at the NIH and was published in the Journal of Molecular Biology in 1990.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blast

    blast, n. a blowing or gust of wind: a forcible stream of air: sound of a wind instrument; an explosion of gunpowder: anything pernicious.—v.t. to strike with some pernicious influence, to blight: to affect with sudden violence or calamity: to rend asunder with gunpowder.—adj. Blast′ed, blighted: cursed, damned.—ns. Blast′-fur′nace, a smelting furnace into which hot air is blown; Blast′-hole, a hole in the bottom of a pump through which water enters; Blast′ing, the separating of masses of stone by means of an explosive substance; Blast′ing-gel′atine, a powerful explosive made of gun-cotton and nitro-glycerine; Blast′ment, withering or shrivelling up caused by blasting; Blast′-pipe, a pipe in a steam-engine, to convey the waste-steam up the chimney. [A.S. blǽst; cf. Ice. beása; Ger. blasen.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. blast

    1. v.,n. Synonym for BLT, used esp. for large data sends over a network or comm line. Opposite of snarf. Usage: uncommon. The variant ‘blat’ has been reported. 2. vt. [HP/Apollo] Synonymous with nuke (sense 3). Sometimes the message Unable to kill all processes. Blast them (y/n)? would appear in the command window upon logout.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. blast

    A sudden and violent gust of wind: it is generally of short duration, and succeeded by a fine breeze.--To blast, to blow up with gunpowder.

Rap Dictionary

  1. blastverb

    The act of shooting a firearm.

  2. blastverb


  3. blastverb

    To play music loud.

  4. blastverb

    To "put someone on blast": to call them out as being wrong.

  5. blastverb

    Last black man standing during a shoot out.

  6. blastnoun

    Hit from a crack pipe.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blast' in Nouns Frequency: #3010

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blast in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of blast in a Sentence

  1. Roy Rickhuss:

    Our fight to save our steel will continue, the blast furnace must be mothballed properly to give it the chance of a future. We have serious concerns about the ability of SSI to do this and so the government must step in.

  2. Mary Williams:

    Everything is about the vehicle absorbing the force of the blast to save the occupants.

  3. Eugene Robinson:

    [I was] trying not to lose my mind and avoiding the blast zone of Carlos' frequently expressed ire, while the outside world he faced saw glib and charming, those who had to work with him saw a very different face.

  4. George Santos:

    George Santos represents the kind of progress than the Left is so threatened by – a gay, Latino, first generation American and Republican who won a Biden district in overwhelming fashion by showing everyday voters that there is a better option than the broken promises and failed policies of the Democratic Party. After four years in the public eye, and on the verge of being sworn in as a member of the Republican led 118th Congress, the New York Times launches this shotgun blast of attacks, it is no surprise that Congressman-elect Santos has enemies at the New York Times who are attempting to smear his good name with these defamatory allegations. As Winston Churchill famously stated, ‘You have enemies? Good. It means that you’ve stood up for something, sometime in you life,'.

  5. Joost Op t Eynde:

    The difference a simple crest or a wider brim can make in blast protection, shows just how important this line of research could be, with all of the modern materials and manufacturing capabilities we possess today, we should be able to make improvements in helmet design that protectfrom blast waves better than helmets today or 100 years ago.

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  • انفجارArabic
  • експлозия, духане, порив, проклинам, гърмя, взривявам, свиря силноBulgarian
  • výbuchCzech
  • sprængeDanish
  • Windstoß, ExplosionGerman
  • έκρηξηGreek
  • eksplodoEsperanto
  • explosiónSpanish
  • laukaista, kirottua, kirota, törähtää, pahus, räjähdys, pärähdys, painaa läpi, sättiä, räjäyttää, kuihduttaa, tuulenpuuska, alkeissolu, puhahdus, jyrähtää, räjähtää, töräys, törähdys, puhallus, paahtaa, soimata, haukkua, mollata, puuska, blasti, ilmavirtaFinnish
  • rafaleFrench
  • blastIrish
  • sgalScottish Gaelic
  • robbanásHungarian
  • ledakanIndonesian
  • ventata, getto, folata, esplosione, citoblasto, raffica, scoppio, colpo di vento, cribbio, squilloItalian
  • 疾風, 突風Japanese
  • ته‌قینه‌وه‌, ته‌قانه‌وه‌, زرمه‌Kurdish
  • inspirationeLatin
  • uruhangaMāori
  • ontploffing, windstoot, rukwindDutch
  • explosjon, sprengingNorwegian
  • podmuchPolish
  • explosão, ventaniaPortuguese
  • vijelie, suflu, explozie, rafală (de vânt), suflareRomanian
  • греметь, взорвать, грохот, грохотать, взрывать, проклинать, проклясть, порыв ветра, дутьё, взрыв, порыв, раскритиковатьRussian
  • kulSwedish
  • kilipuziSwahili
  • குண்டு வெடிப்புTamil
  • patlamaTurkish
  • vụ nổVietnamese
  • 爆破Chinese

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