|1.||an explosion, as of dynamite|
|2.||a. the rapid movement of air away from the centre of an explosion, combustion of rocket fuel, etc|
|b. a wave of overpressure caused by an explosion; shock wave|
|3.||the charge of explosive used in a single explosion|
|4.||a sudden strong gust of wind or air|
|5.||a sudden loud sound, as of a trumpet|
|6.||a violent verbal outburst, as of criticism|
|7.||a forcible jet or stream of air, esp one used to intensify the heating effect of a furnace, increase the draught in a steam engine, or break up coal at a coalface|
|8.||any of several diseases of plants and animals, esp one producing withering in plants|
|9.||slang (US) a very enjoyable or thrilling experience: the party was a blast|
|10.||full blast, at full blast at maximum speed, volume, etc|
|11.||slang an exclamation of annoyance (esp in phrases such as blast it! and blast him!)|
|12.||to destroy or blow up with explosives, shells, etc|
|13.||to make or cause to make a loud harsh noise|
|14.||(tr) to remove, open, etc, by an explosion: to blast a hole in a wall|
|15.||(tr) to ruin; shatter: the rain blasted our plans for a picnic|
|16.||to wither or cause to wither; blight or be blighted|
|17.||to criticize severely|
|18.||to shoot or shoot at: he blasted the hat off her head; he blasted away at the trees|
|[Old English blǣst, related to Old Norse blāstr]|
An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues: erythroblast.
process of reducing a solid body, such as rock, to fragments by using an explosive. Conventional blasting operations include (1) drilling holes, (2) placing a charge and detonator in each hole, (3) detonating the charge, and (4) clearing away the broken material.
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