Blast

Definition of Blast

Pronunciation: blåst
n.1.A violent gust of wind.
And see where surly Winter passes off,
Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts;
His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill.
- Thomson.
2.A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast.
3.The exhaust steam from and engine, driving a column of air out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by the blast.
4.The sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the sound produces at one breath.
One blast upon his bugle horn
Were worth a thousand men.
- Sir W. Scott.
The blast of triumph o'er thy grave.
- Bryant.
5.A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight.
By the blast of God they perish.
- Job iv. 9.
Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast.
- Shak.
6.The act of rending, or attempting to rend, heavy masses of rock, earth, etc., by the explosion of gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; also, the charge used for this purpose.
7.A flatulent disease of sheep.
Blast furnace
a furnace, usually a shaft furnace for smelting ores, into which air is forced by pressure.
Blast hole
a hole in the bottom of a pump stock through which water enters.
Blast nozzle
a fixed or variable orifice in the delivery end of a blast pipe; - called also blast orifice.
In full blast
in complete operation; in a state of great activity. See Blast, n., 2.
v. t.1.To injure, as by a noxious wind; to cause to wither; to stop or check the growth of, and prevent from fruit-bearing, by some pernicious influence; to blight; to shrivel.
[imp. & p. p. Blasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Blasting.]
Seven thin ears, and blasted with the east wind.
- Gen. xii. 6.
2.Hence, to affect with some sudden violence, plague, calamity, or blighting influence, which destroys or causes to fail; to visit with a curse; to curse; to ruin; as, to blast pride, hopes, or character.
I'll cross it, though it blast me.
- Shak.
Blasted with excess of light.
- T. Gray.
3.To confound by a loud blast or din.
Trumpeters,
With brazen din blast you the city's ear.
- Shak.
4.To rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; to shatter; as, to blast rocks.
v. i.1.To be blighted or withered; as, the bud blasted in the blossom.
2.To blow; to blow on a trumpet.
Toke his blake trumpe faste
And gan to puffen and to blaste.
- Chaucer.

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