a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint.
a relatively large bubble occurring in glass during blowing.
Military. a transparent bulge or dome on the fuselage of an airplane, usually for mounting a gun.
Photography. a bubble of air formed where the emulsion has separated from the base of a film, as because of defective processing.
a dome or skylight on a building.
the moving bubble in a spirit level.
a small blisterlike covering of plastic, usually affixed to a piece of cardboard and containing a small item, as a pen, bolt, or medicinal tablet.
verb (used with object)
to raise a blister or blisters on: These new shoes blistered my feet.
to criticize or rebuke severely: The boss blistered his assistant in front of the whole office.
to beat or thrash; punish severely.
verb (used without object)
to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.

1250–1300; Middle English blister, blester < Old Norse blǣstri, dative of blāstr swelling. See blast, blow2

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blister (ˈblɪstə)
1.  a small bubble-like elevation of the skin filled with serum, produced as a reaction to a burn, mechanical irritation, etc
2.  a swelling containing air or liquid, as on a painted surface
3.  a transparent dome or any bulge on the fuselage of an aircraft, such as one used for observation
4.  slang an irritating person
5.  slang (NZ) a rebuke
6.  to have or cause to have blisters
7.  (tr) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm
[C13: from Old French blestre, probably from Middle Dutch bluyster blister; see blast]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. blestre "blister, lump, bump," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. O.N. blastr "a blowing," dat. blæstri "swelling"), or from M.Du. blyster "swelling;" perhaps ult. from PIE *bhel- (2); see bole. The verb meaning "to raise blisters on" is from late 15c.
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Medical Dictionary

blister blis·ter (blĭs'tər)
A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning, infection, or irritation.

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Example sentences
Warm or cold compresses can relieve pain and swelling and may keep a blister
  from forming.
Puffed, mushy fruit, with skin that resembles a painful blister from a pair of
  new shoes.
We cover the grill in chilies, turning them as the skins blister.
Has it in any form and his mouth and tongue blister.
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