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!

Definitions of blast
  1. noun
    a sudden very loud noise
    synonyms: bam, bang, clap, eruption
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    water hammer
    the banging sound of steam in pipes
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    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  2. noun
    an explosion (as of dynamite)
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    bomb blast
    the explosion of a bomb
    atomic explosion, nuclear explosion
    the explosion of an atomic bomb
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    blowup, detonation, explosion
    a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
  3. verb
    use explosives on
    synonyms: shell
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    crump
    bombard with heavy shells
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    bomb, bombard
    throw bombs at or attack with bombs
  4. verb
    shatter as if by explosion
    synonyms: knock down
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    dash, smash
    break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
  5. verb
    create by using explosives
    blast a passage through the mountain”
    synonyms: shell
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. verb
    make with or as if with an explosion
    blast a tunnel through the Alps”
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    cut
    form by probing, penetrating, or digging
  7. verb
    make a strident sound
    “She tended to blast when speaking into a microphone”
    synonyms: blare
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    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  8. verb
    hit hard
    synonyms: boom, nail, smash
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    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  9. verb
    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
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    discharge, fire
    cause to go off
  10. noun
    a strong current of air
    synonyms: blow, gust
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    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, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  11. verb
    apply a draft or strong wind to
    “the air conditioning was blasting cold air at us”
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    blow
    cause air to go in, on, or through
  12. noun
    intense adverse criticism
    synonyms: attack, fire, flack, flak
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    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
  13. verb
    criticize harshly or violently
    synonyms: crucify, pillory, savage
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    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  14. noun
    a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
    “celebrating after the game was a blast
    synonyms: good time
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    experience
    an event as apprehended
  15. noun
    a very long fly ball
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    fly, fly ball
    (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
  16. verb
    shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
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    shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither
    wither, as with a loss of moisture
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