1. countable noun A blast is a big explosion, especially one caused by a bomb. ⇒ 250 people were killed in the blast. 2. verb If something is blasted into a particular place or state, an explosion causes it to be in that place or state. If a hole is blasted in something, it is created by an explosion. [be V-ed prep/adv] ⇒ There is a risk that toxic chemicals might be blasted into the atmosphere. [be V-ed prep/adv] ⇒ ...a terrible accident in which his left arm was blasted off by some kind of a bomb. [be V-ed prep/adv] ⇒ Earlier two holes were blasted into the ship's hull to let water out and stabilise the ferry. [V n with adv] ⇒ The explosion which followed blasted out the external supporting wall of her flat. [Also V n adj, V n prep] 3. verb If workers are blasting rock, they are using explosives to make holes in it or destroy it, for example so that a road or tunnel can be built. [V n] ⇒ Their work was taken up with boring and blasting rock with gelignite. [V n with adv] ⇒ They're using dynamite to blast away rocks to put a road in. [Also V] blasting
uncountable noun ⇒ Three miles away there was a salvo of blasting in the quarry. 4. verb To blast someone means to shoot them with a gun. [journalism] [V n + to] ⇒ ...a son who blasted his father to death after a life-time of bullying. [be V-ed + with] ⇒ Alan Barnett, 28, was blasted with a sawn-off shotgun in Oldham on Thursday. Blast is also a noun. ⇒ ...the man who killed Nigel Davies with a shotgun blast. 5. verb If someone blasts their way somewhere, they get there by shooting at people or causing an explosion. [V n] ⇒ The police were reported to have blasted their way into the house using explosives. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ One armoured column attempted to blast a path through a barricade of buses and trucks. 6. verb If something blasts water or air somewhere, it sends out a sudden, powerful stream of it. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ Blasting cold air over it makes the water evaporate. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ A blizzard was blasting great drifts of snow across the lake.
Blast is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ Blasts of cold air swept down from the mountains.
7. ergative verb & verb If you blast something such as a car horn, or if it blasts, it makes a sudden, loud sound. If something blasts music, or music blasts, the music is very loud. [V n] ⇒ ...drivers who do not blast their horns. [V] ⇒ The sound of western music blasted as she entered.
Blast is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ The buzzer suddenly responded in a long blast of sound.
8. verb You can say that a sports player blasts the ball somewhere if he or she gives it a powerful kick or hit. [journalism] [V n adv/prep] ⇒ Ramsay blasted the ball into the back of the net. [V way prep] ⇒ He may try to blast his way out of trouble, playing attacking shots to balls he would not normally contemplate hitting. 9. verb
To blast someone or something means to criticize them strongly. [journalism] [V n] ⇒ Football: Taylor blasts Beck. [V n] ⇒ The Department of Health and a top immunologist have blasted a report in last week's Sunday Times.
Blast is also a noun. ⇒ Cricket: Blast for Ormrod.
10. exclamation Some people say 'blast' to show that they are annoyed at something or someone. [informal, spoken, feelings] ⇒ Blast! I can't do anything with this. 11. singular noun If you say that something was a blast, you mean that you enjoyed it very much. [informal] [V n] ⇒ Making the album was a real blast.
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