blistering

[blis-ter-ing]
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:
1555–65; blister + -ing2

blisteringly, adverb
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blister

[blis-ter]
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

reblister, verb
unblistered, adjective
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blister (ˈblɪstə)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]
 
'blistered
 
adj
 
'blistery
 
adj

blistering (ˈblɪstərɪŋ, -trɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  (of weather) extremely hot
2.  (of criticism) extremely harsh
 
'blisteringly
 
adv

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blister
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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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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Example sentences
It had few people, no resources and no relief from the blistering heat.
He drank his share of vodka and smoked but kept a blistering pace on our climbs.
Each time, the economy recovered and went on to grow again at a blistering pace.
Product development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing happen at such a blistering pace that there's no margin for error.
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