- 1A destructive wave of highly compressed air spreading outward from an explosion: they were thrown backward by the blastMore example sentences
shock wave, pressure wave
- The plane shuddered with shock waves from the blast.
- The shock wave from the blast kills the majority of fish species on the reef and causes severe damage to its structure.
- The blast caused a shock wave across the town, smashing windows and shaking houses.
- 1.1An explosion or explosive firing, especially of a bomb: a bomb blast a shotgun blastMore example sentences
- He swung the gun around, firing two sharp blasts at the other man.
- The shotgun blast was followed by a sharp percussive explosion as the entire hillside lit up in a white phosphorescent glare.
- The first man arrested by the police in connection with the latest bomb blasts turned out to have no connection with the suicide bombers.
- 2A strong gust of wind or air: the icy blast hit themMore example sentences
- When I stepped out of the car, I was hit with a blast of icy wind.
- The wind delivered consistent blasts in between gusts and gales.
- For once the weather bureau got it right and the predicted cold front arrived last night with a blast of icy wind.
- 3A single loud note of a horn, whistle, or other noisemaking device: a blast of the ship’s sirenMore example sentences
- The phrases noted above are like blasts from an air horn or plastic trumpet, blaring technical correctness.
- He was awakened in the morning by a loud blast from an oxen horn.
- I was about to sob and lament to myself when I heard the loud blast of a horn.
- 4 • informal A severe reprimand: I braced myself for the inevitable blastMore example sentences
- She gives the leftie columnist a big blast for the dishonesty of his criticisms.
- So it is no mystery why my blast at the historian did not get the attention his did.
- Another blast of criticism was aimed at the good lady wife of the rock musician.
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- 1Blow up or break apart (something solid) with explosives: quantities of solid rock had to be blasted away the explosion blasted out hundreds of windowsMore example sentences
- Every piece of the hard rock had to be blasted out before being broken up with pick and shovel.
- Trees were broken and cracked open, and buildings had been blasted apart as if by dynamite.
- A van filled with homemade explosives blasts the federal building in the city.
- 1.1Produce (damage or a hole) by means of an explosion: the force of the collision blasted out a tremendous craterMore example sentences
- Troops found the church with large holes blasted out of its cement walls and its tin roof collapsed.
- A large hole has been blasted into the mountain, where cement, stones and steel bars pile high, destroying the greenland.
- Some of the dazed survivors, seeing a hole had been blasted in the wall, ran for it.
- 1.2 [with object] Force or throw (something) in a specified direction by impact or explosion: the car was blasted thirty feet into the skyMore example sentences
- A huge black blur struck the ground where he'd been standing scant instants ago, and a shower of dirt was blasted upwards from the impact.
- The impact blasted watermelons and oranges and tomatoes all over the sidewalk.
- It blasts them three feet a second, in a soaring arc that carries them as far as two feet away.
- 1.3Shoot with a gun: Fowler was blasted with an air rifleMore example sentences
- Both of the metal slabs on his hips unfolded into their gun modes and began blasting away the enemy units two at a time.
- The more unusual ways of scattering ashes include packing them into fireworks which are then fired into the sky and putting ashes in shotgun cartridges to be blasted away.
- Helicopter gunships blasted the town last week.
- 1.4 [no object] Move very quickly and loudly in a specified direction: driving rain blasted through the smashed windowMore example sentences
- Sitting in the carpark, watching the sheets of rain blasting across the tarmac, there really wasn't much else to do but go home.
- Bits of silver metal blasted in every direction.
- Rain came blasting down from the once-clear-of-clouds cloudy sky onto her face, trickling down her cheeks.
- 1.5 • informal Criticize fiercely: the school was blasted by government inspectorsMore example sentences
- She has blasted the senator's criticism of the war by reminding viewers that he voted for the war.
- Critics blasted him for pouring taxpayer funds into badly managed banks and unneeded infrastructure projects.
- It was also a colossal failure, shunned by audiences and blasted by critics as ‘pretentious.’
- 2Make or cause to make a loud continuous musical or other noise: [no object]: music blasted out at full volume [with object]: an impatient motorist blasted his hornMore example sentences
- I went straight into my room and started to sleep, only to be awoken by loud pop music blasting in my ears.
- The noise once again began blasting louder and louder.
- Whenever someone is out, the loudspeaker blasts out a 10 second clip of some corny but apt popular music tune.
- 3Kick, strike, or throw (a ball) hard: Ripken blasted the ball into the gap in right fieldMore example sentences
- He blasted in a great ball that ricocheted against the post and rebounded back into play.
- Which can you blast harder, a tennis serve or a slap shot?
- He blasted home the free kick as the game entered injury time.
- 4.1Strike with divine anger: damn and blast this awful place!More example sentences
- Tom won the descent blast him!
- 4.2Destroy or ruin: a candidate whose only strategy is to blast the oppositionMore example sentences
- As for Glasgow, they've already blasted Munster off the park in the Celtic League.
- He has not yet had his trial but his life has already been blasted into disarray.
- It's not as if the candidate's crew hadn't already tried to blast his opponent to smithereens.
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a blast from the past
- • informal Something forcefully nostalgic: a request for a real old blast from the pastMore example sentences
- Most of the cars dated from the 1950s and 60s, and according to the organiser, the outing proved a real blast from the past for the older generation.
- It was a real blast from the past for them when we published photographs that had never been collected from a developing laboratory.
- Wow - what a blast from the past to see a list of my old co-workers.
(at) full blast
- At maximum power or intensity: the heat is on full blastMore example sentences
- Start up the engine and run the heat at full blast again until you're warm.
- You get out of your car and the fiery heat hits you full blast.
- The worst causes are dogs barking for long periods, and people who play their music too loudly or have their TV on full blast.
- (Of a rocket or spacecraft) take off from a launching site.More example sentences
- The spacecraft will blast off on 26 October on a journey that will take it approximately five months.
- Current polar satellite launch vehicles can blast off carrying 1,000 to 1,200-kilogram units.
- A privately-built rocket blasted off into suborbital space above California's Mojave Desert today.
Old English blǣst, of Germanic origin; related to blaze3.