What does blister mean?

Definitions for blister
ˈblɪs tərblis·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blisternoun

    a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint)

  2. blisternoun

    (botany) a swelling on a plant similar to that on the skin

  3. blister, bulla, blebverb

    (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid

  4. blister, vesicateverb

    get blistered

    "Her feet blistered during the long hike"

  5. blister, scald, whipverb

    subject to harsh criticism

    "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community"

  6. blisterverb

    cause blisters to form on

    "the tight shoes and perspiration blistered her feet"


  1. blisternoun

    A small bubble between the layers of the skin that contains watery or bloody fluid and is caused by friction and pressure, burning, freezing, chemical irritation, disease or infection.

  2. blisternoun

    A swelling on a plant.

  3. blisternoun

    Something applied to the skin to raise a blister; a vesicatory or other applied medicine.

  4. blisternoun

    A bubble, as on a painted surface.

  5. blisternoun

    An enclosed pocket of air, which may be mixed with water or solvent vapor, trapped between impermeable layers of felt or between the membrane and substrate.

  6. blisterverb

    To cause blisters to form.

  7. blisterverb

    To criticise severely.

  8. blisterverb

    To break out in blisters.

  9. Etymology: From blestre.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLISTERnoun

    Etymology: bluyster, Dutch.

    In this state she gallops, night by night,
    O’er ladies lips, who strait on kisses dream,
    Which oft the angry mob with blisters plagues,
    Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    I found a great blister drawn by the garlick, but had it cut, which run a good deal of water, but filled again by next night. William Temple.

    Upon the leaves there riseth a tumour like a blister. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Blisterverb

    Look, here comes one, a gentlewoman of mine,
    Who falling in the flames of her own youth,
    Hath blister’d her report. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    I blistered the legs and thighs; but was too late, he died howling. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

  3. To Blisterverb

    To rise in blisters.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If I prove honeymouth, let my tongue blister,
    And never to my red look’d anger be
    The trumpet any more. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Embrace thy knees with loathing hands,
    Which blister when they touch thee. John Dryden, Don Sebast.


  1. blister

    A blister is a small bubble or pocket of fluid within the upper layers of the skin, typically caused by friction, infection, or skin damage. This fluid, which can be serum, plasma, blood, or pus, helps to cushion and heal the underlying tissue. Blisters can be painful or itchy, but are generally not a serious health concern and heal on their own given time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blisternoun

    a vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a bladderlike elevation of the cuticle

  2. Blisternoun

    any elevation made by the separation of the film or skin, as on plants; or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel

  3. Blisternoun

    a vesicatory; a plaster of Spanish flies, or other matter, applied to raise a blister

  4. Blisterverb

    to be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on

  5. Blisterverb

    to raise a blister or blisters upon

  6. Blisterverb

    to give pain to, or to injure, as if by a blister


  1. Blister

    A blister is a small pocket of fluid within the upper layers of the skin, typically caused by forceful rubbing, burning, freezing, chemical exposure or infection. Most blisters are filled with a clear fluid called serum or plasma. However, blisters can be filled with blood or with pus. The word "blister" entered English in the 14th century. It came from the Middle Dutch "bluyster", and was a modification of the Old French "blostre" which meant a leprous nodule—a rise in the skin due to leprosy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blister

    blis′tėr, n. a thin bubble or bladder on the skin, containing watery matter: a pustule: a plaster applied to raise a blister.—v.t. to raise a blister.—ns. Blis′ter-bee′tle, Blis′ter-fly, the cantharis, or Spanish fly, used for blistering; Blis′ter-plas′ter, a plaster made of Spanish flies used to raise a blister; Blis′ter-steel, Blis′tered-steel, steel blistered in the process of manufacture, used for making tools, &c.—adj. Blis′tery. [M. E.; most prob. O. Fr. blestre, conn. with Old Norse blástr, blása, to blow; Ger. blase.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Blister

    Visible accumulations of fluid within or beneath the epidermis.

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  1. bristle

  2. riblets

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blister in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of blister in a Sentence

  1. Aristophanes:

    This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought Should contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land Never to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.

  2. Emma Raducanu:

    [ The blister ] completely stopped me from moving.

  3. Jon Gosselin:

    It was really weird because when I looked at my leg I realized it was twice the size and there's a red-looking blister with a large red circle around it.

  4. Jess Kensky:

    I thought it would be like getting back on the bike again, but it wasn’t, but I should progress faster this time. Still, my mobility feels very fragile. Before, I was young and healthy and fit and hearty. Now it takes one little blister or something not fitting well that takes me back again.

  5. National Intelligence James Clapper:

    [The Syrian government] has used chemicals against the opposition on multiple occasions since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. ISIL has also used toxic chemicals in Iraq andSyria, including the blister agent Sulfur mustard.

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