blast

A blast is an explosion, or a sudden sharp noise. When you blast someone, you either shoot them, or hit them with a verbal explosion––a tirade of criticism.

Your teacher might blast your class for being rowdy; she’ll go on and on about how you are acting like first graders. On the Fourth of July, you might hear a different kind of blast — first your neighbors' bottle rockets, then the explosion of fireworks sponsored by your town. It's very exciting to watch a rocket launch into space––little kids love to play at the game, chanting, "5...4...3...2...1...blast off!

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: blast

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a sudden very loud noise
use explosives on
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a strong current of air
apply a draft or strong wind to to
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intense adverse criticism
criticize harshly or violently
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n
a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
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n
a very long fly ball
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v
shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: blast
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n a sudden very loud noise

Synonyms:
bam, bang, clap, eruption
Types:
water hammer
the banging sound of steam in pipes
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n an explosion (as of dynamite)

Types:
bomb blast
the explosion of a bomb
atomic explosion, nuclear explosion
the explosion of an atomic bomb
Type of:
blowup, detonation, explosion
a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

v use explosives on

Synonyms:
shell
Types:
crump
bombard with heavy shells
Type of:
bomb, bombard
throw bombs at or attack with bombs

v shatter as if by explosion

Synonyms:
knock down
Type of:
dash, smash
break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

v create by using explosives

blast a passage through the mountain”
Synonyms:
shell
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v make with or as if with an explosion

blast a tunnel through the Alps”
Type of:
cut
form by probing, penetrating, or digging

v make a strident sound

“She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone”
Synonyms:
blare
Type of:
make noise, noise, resound
emit a noise

v hit hard

Synonyms:
boom, nail, smash
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v fire a shot

“the gunman blasted away”
Synonyms:
shoot
hit, pip, shoot
hit with a missile from a weapon
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blaze, blaze away
shoot rapidly and repeatedly
overshoot
shoot beyond or over (a target)
sharpshoot, snipe
aim and shoot with great precision
fire, open fire
start firing a weapon
gun
shoot with a gun
pump
deliver forth
machine gun
shoot with a machine gun
Type of:
discharge, fire
cause to go off
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n a strong current of air

Synonyms:
blow, gust
Types:
bluster
a violent gusty wind
sandblast
a blast of wind laden with sand
puff, puff of air, whiff
a short light gust of air
Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure

v apply a draft or strong wind to to

“the air conditioning was blasting cold air at us”
Type of:
blow
cause air to go in, on, or through
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n intense adverse criticism

Synonyms:
attack, fire, flack, flak
Type of:
criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

v criticize harshly or violently

Synonyms:
crucify, pillory, savage
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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n a highly pleasurable or exciting experience

“celebrating after the game was a blast
Synonyms:
good time
Type of:
experience
an event as apprehended
5

n a very long fly ball

Type of:
fly, fly ball
(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
6

v shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly

Type of:
shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither
wither, as with a loss of moisture
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