Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a very long fly ball
  2. (noun, communication) intense adverse criticism
    the government has come under attack
    don't give me any flak
  3. (noun, event) a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
    celebrating after the game was a blast
  4. (noun, event) a sudden very loud noise
  5. (noun, event) an explosion (as of dynamite)
  6. (noun, phenomenon) a strong current of air
  7. (verb, change) shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
  8. (verb, change) shatter as if by explosion
  9. (verb, communication) criticize harshly or violently
    The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage
  10. (verb, competition) fire a shot
  11. (verb, competition) use explosives on
  12. (verb, contact) hit hard
  13. (verb, creation) make with or as if with an explosion
  14. (verb, creation) create by using explosives
  15. (verb, motion) apply a draft or strong wind to to
  16. (verb, perception) make a strident sound

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Blast

  1. O.E. bl?st "blowing, breeze, puff of wind," from P.Gmc. *bles- (cf. O.N. blastr, O.H.G. blast "a blowing, blast," Ger. blasen, Goth. blesan "to blow"), from PIE *bhle- "to blow," probably a variant of base *bhel- (2) "to swell, blow up" (see bole). Meaning "explosion" is from 1630s; that of "noisy party, good time" is from… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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