Definition of blast noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//blɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//blæst//
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  1. 1[countable] an explosion or a powerful movement of air caused by an explosion a bomb blast 27 schoolchildren were injured in the blast. The blast ripped through the building.
  2. of air
  3. 2[countable] a sudden strong movement of air A blast of hot air hit us as we stepped off the plane. the wind’s icy blasts
  4. loud noise
  5. 3[countable] a sudden loud noise, especially one made by a musical instrument that you blow, or by a whistle or a car horn three short blasts on the ship’s siren The driver opened the door letting out a blast of Bob Marley.
  6. criticism
  7. 4[countable] (used especially in newspapers) strong criticism Blast for prison governors in judge’s report.
  8. fun
  9. 5[singular] (informal) a very enjoyable experience that is a lot of fun The party was a blast. We had a blast at the party.
  10. email
  11. 6[countable] (North American English, informal) a piece of advertising or information that is sent to a large number of people at the same time by email They sent out email blasts and posted information on all their websites.
  12. Word OriginOld English blǣst, of Germanic origin; related to blaze ‘present news in a sensational manner’.Extra examples A huge bomb blast rocked central London last night. He gave a short blast on his trumpet. Officials say they do not know what caused the blast. She felt an icy blast of air. The blast blew a hole in the front of the building. The blast occurred at about 9 a.m. Twenty people were killed in the blast. a blast of cold air Bomb blast kills 50. The driver opened the door letting out a blast of Bob Marley.Idioms (informal) a person or thing from your past that you see, hear, meet, etc. again in the present with the greatest possible volume or power She had the car stereo on at full blast.
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