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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blast  \Blast\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blasted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Blasting}.] 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  -blast  \-blast\  [Gr.  ?  sprout,  shoot.] 
  A  suffix  or  terminal  formative,  used  principally  in 
  biological  terms,  and  signifying  growth,  formation;  as 
  bioblast,  epiblast,  mesoblast,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blast  \Blast\  (bl[.a]st),  n.  [AS.  bl[=ae]st  a  puff  of  wind,  a 
  blowing;  akin  to  Icel.  bl[=a]str,  OHG.  bl[=a]st,  and  fr  a 
  verb  akin  to  Icel.  bl[=a]sa  to  blow,  OHG.  bl[^a]san,  Goth. 
  bl[=e]san  (in  comp.);  all  prob.  from  the  same  root  as  E. 
  blow.  See  {Blow}  to  eject  air.] 
  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. 
 
  Note:  The  terms  hot  blast  and  cold  blast  are  employed  to 
  designate  whether  the  current  is  heated  or  not  heated 
  before  entering  the  furnace.  A  blast  furnace  is  said  to 
  be  in  blast  while  it  is  in  operation,  and  out  of  blast 
  when  not  in  use 
 
  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. 
  ``Large  blasts  are  often  used.''  --Tomlinson. 
 
  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.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blast  \Blast\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  blighted  or  withered;  as  the  bud  blasted  in  the 
  blossom. 
 
  2.  To  blow;  to  blow  on  a  trumpet.  [Obs.] 
 
  Toke  his  blake  trumpe  faste  And  gan  to  puffen  and  to 
  blaste.  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blast 
  n  1:  a  long  and  hard-hit  fly  ball 
  2:  a  sudden  very  loud  noise  [syn:  {bang},  {blowup},  {clap},  {eruption}, 
  {loud  noise}] 
  3:  a  strong  current  of  air;  "the  tree  was  bent  almost  double  by 
  the  gust"  [syn:  {gust},  {blow}] 
  4:  an  explosion  (as  of  dynamite) 
  5:  intense  adverse  criticism;  "Clinton  directed  his  fire  at 
  Jesse  Helms"  [syn:  {fire},  {attack},  {flak}] 
  v  1:  make  a  strident  sound;  "She  tended  to  blast  when  speaking 
  into  a  microphone"  [syn:  {blare}] 
  2:  hit  hard;  "He  smashed  a  3-run  homer"  [syn:  {smash},  {nail}, 
  {boom}] 
  3:  use  explosives  on  "The  enemy  has  been  shelling  us  all  day" 
  [syn:  {strafe},  {shell}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  blast  1.  v.,n.  Synonym  for  {BLT},  used  esp.  for  large  data 
  sends  over  a  network  or  comm  line  Opposite  of  {snarf}.  Usage:  uncommon. 
  The  variant  `blat'  has  been  reported.  2.  vt  [HP/Apollo]  Synonymous  with 
  {nuke}  (sense  3).  Sometimes  the  message  `Unable  to  kill  all  processes. 
  Blast  them  (y/n)?'  would  appear  in  the  command  window  upon  logout 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  blast 
 
  1.  {BLT},  used  especially  for  large  data  sends  over  a  network 
  or  comm  line  Opposite  of  {snarf}.  Usage:  uncommon.  The 
  variant  blat"  has  been  reported. 
 
  2.  [HP/Apollo]  Synonymous  with  {nuke}.  Sometimes  the  message 
  "Unable  to  kill  all  processes.  Blast  them  (y/n)?"  would 
  appear  in  the  command  window  upon  logout 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  BLAST 
  BLocked  ASynchronous  Transmission 
 
 




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