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blistering

[blis-ter-ing] /ˈblɪs tər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing a blister or blisters.
2.
(especially of sunlight, heat, etc.) very severe or intense.
3.
very fast or rapid:
a blistering pace.
noun
4.
the act or an instance of forming a blister or blisters.
5.
a series or group of blisters, as on a painted surface.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; blister + -ing2
Related forms
blisteringly, adverb

blister

[blis-ter] /ˈblɪs tər/
noun
1.
a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
2.
any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint.
3.
a relatively large bubble occurring in glass during blowing.
4.
Military. a transparent bulge or dome on the fuselage of an airplane, usually for mounting a gun.
5.
Photography. a bubble of air formed where the emulsion has separated from the base of a film, as because of defective processing.
6.
a dome or skylight on a building.
7.
the moving bubble in a spirit level.
8.
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)
9.
to raise a blister or blisters on:
These new shoes blistered my feet.
10.
to criticize or rebuke severely:
The boss blistered his assistant in front of the whole office.
11.
to beat or thrash; punish severely.
verb (used without object)
12.
to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English blister, blester < Old Norse blǣstri, dative of blāstr swelling. See blast, blow2
Related forms
reblister, verb
unblistered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blistering

blistering

/ˈblɪstərɪŋ; -trɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of weather) extremely hot
2.
(of criticism) extremely harsh
Derived Forms
blisteringly, adverb

blister

/ˈblɪstə/
noun
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.
(NZ, slang) a rebuke
verb
6.
to have or cause to have blisters
7.
(transitive) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm
Derived Forms
blistered, adjective
blistery, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French blestre, probably from Middle Dutch bluyster blister; see blast
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Word Origin and History for blistering

blister

n.

c.1300, perhaps via Old French blestre "blister, lump, bump," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse blastr "a blowing," dative blæstri "swelling"), or from Middle Dutch blyster "swelling;" perhaps from PIE *bhlei- "to blow, swell," extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.

v.

"to become covered in blisters," late 15c.; "to raise blisters on," 1540s, from blister (n.). Related: Blistered; blistering.

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blistering in Medicine

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

blistering blis·ter·ing (blĭs'tər-ĭng)
n.
See vesiculation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for blistering

blister

noun
  1. An annoying person without whom one could do nicely: He's not quite a jerk, just a blister (1800s+)
  2. A prostitute (mid-1800s+)
  3. A bubble-shaped transparent covering on an aircraft cockpit, roof opening, etc (1940s+)

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