AskDefine | Define blast

Dictionary Definition



1 a long and hard-hit fly ball
2 a sudden very loud noise [syn: bang, clap, eruption, loud noise]
3 a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: gust, blow]
4 an explosion (as of dynamite)
5 a highly pleasurable or exciting experience; "we had a good time at the party"; "celebrating after the game was a blast" [syn: good time]
6 intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak" [syn: fire, attack, flak, flack]


1 make a strident sound; "She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone" [syn: blare]
2 hit hard; "He smashed a 3-run homer" [syn: smash, nail, boom]
3 use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day" [syn: shell]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP , /blɑːst/, /blA:st/
  • italbrac US , /blæst/
  • Rhymes with: -ɑːst

Etymology 1

From Middle English, from Old English blǣſt.


  1. A violent gust of wind.
  2. 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.
    • 1957: Blast was produced by bellows worked by four 'blowers', three of whom worked at a time while the fourth stood ready to replace one of the others. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 146.
  3. An explosion.
  4. A loud, sudden sound.
    A blast from a trumpet.
  5. An immature or precursor cell.
A violent gust of wind
A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc.
An explosion
  • Finnish: räjähdys
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ته‌قاندن
A loud, sudden sound
(cytology) An immature or precursor cell


  1. To make a loud noise.
  2. To shatter, as if by an explosion.
  3. To open up a hole in, usually by means of a sudden and imprecise method (such as an explosion).
    Blast right through it.
  4. To curse; to damn.
    Blast it! Foiled again.
  5. To shoot, especially with an energy weapon (as opposed to one which fires projectiles).
    Chewbacca blasted the Stormtroopers with his laser rifle.
  6. To return extra salvage to another location.
  7. To criticize or reprimand severely.
    My manager suddenly blasted me yesterday for being a little late to work for five days in a row, because I was never getting myself up on time.
To make a loud noise
To shatter, as if by an explosion
  • Finnish: räjähtää, sortua
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ته‌قینه‌وه‌
To open up a hole in
To curse; to damn
To shoot
To return extra salvage to another location
to verbally attack


  1. Blast it; damn it.

Etymology 2

From Greek βλαστός(blastos) meaning "germ or sprout".


  1. An immature or undifferentiated cell (e.g., lymphoblast, myeloblast).
Derived terms



blast (definite form blasten)
  1. The stem and leaves of a vegetable, of which you're only supposed to eat the root. E.g. in potatoes or carrots.

Extensive Definition

A blast is an explosion. Blast can also refer to:
  • BLAST, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, an algorithm used in bioinformatics
  • BLAST (telescope), Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope
  • BLAST model checker, Berkeley Lazy Abstraction Software verification Tool, a software model checker based on lazy abstraction

See also

blast in German: Blast
blast in French: Blast
blast in Italian: Blast
blast in Dutch: Blast
blast in Vietnamese: Blast (định hướng)
blast in Chinese: BLAST

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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