• Blast furnace
    Blast furnace
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blasted expletives used informally as intensifiers "he's a blasted idiot","it's a blamed shame","a blame cold winter","not a blessed dime","I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing","he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool","a deuced idiot","an infernal nuisance"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fallot Air Blast Fallot Air Blast
Fallot Air Blast, and Cylinder Fallot Air Blast, and Cylinder

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on its runways to scare birds away
    • Blasted Blighted; withered. "Upon this blasted heath."
    • Blasted Confounded; accursed; detestable. "Some of her own blasted gypsies."
    • Blasted Rent open by an explosive. "The blasted quarry thunders, heard remote."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1982, a cactus in Phoenix, Arizona killed a man. David Grundman fired two shotgun blasts at a giant saguaro cactus that ended up falling on top of him
    • blasted Confounded; execrable; detestable: used as a milder form of imprecation than damned.
    • blasted In heraldry, deprived of leaves: said of a tree or a branch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blasted blighted: cursed, damned
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  • William Penn
    “The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.”
  • Charles Swindoll
    Charles Swindoll
    “Stand still... and refuse to retreat. Look at it as God looks at it and draw upon His power to hold up under the blast.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.”
  • Dylan Thomas
    Dylan Thomas
    “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower. Drives my green age that blasts the roots of trees is my destroyer.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Patience is counting down without blasting off”
  • Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    “A sumptuous dwelling the rich man hath. And dainty is his repast; but remember that luxury's prodigal hand keeps the furnace of toil in blast.”


Have a blast - It means "to have a lot of fun".


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blǽst; cf. Ice. beása; Ger. blasen.


In literature:

The disease quhilk ailed her was blasting with the faryes and that she healed her with herbes.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
The mildew of suspicion rested on our intercourse, and all its pleasant bloom was blasted.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
There was the sudden shrill of a police whistle but it was stopped after one brief blast.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
What trees there are in this moorland were not then all blasted.
"The Old Front Line" by John Masefield
This sort of glass is known as sand-blast glass, and the art of making it, they say, chanced to be discovered near the seashore.
"The Story of Glass" by Sara Ware Bassett
Frantically Arcot warned them away, lest the air blast from their props tear the glider from the magnet.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
Well, neither did one blast everybody's hopes with half a dozen words, and that was what he was trying to force himself to do.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
A blasted deal of assumption, as you say.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
The projector blast tears things up a little, but nothing serious.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
The Throgs had not blasted the Terran camp out of existence; they had only made sure of the death of its occupiers.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton

In poetry:

No fear our present bliss shall blast
And sorrow we'll defy.
Do thou forget the dreary past,
The dreadful future I.'
"Call Me Away" by Anne Bronte
His memory is, as—when a-swarming
The cold blasts first
Of winter burst—
The gentle flame my room first warming.
"Frederik Hegel" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
"Psalm 90 part 1" by Isaac Watts
May thy hopes never be blasted;
May thy joys never cease;
May thy love be true and lasting,
And day by day increase.
"A Bridal Toast" by James Madison Bell
Southward with fleet of ice
Sailed the corsair Death;
Wild and gast blew the blast,
And the east-wind was his breath.
"By The Seaside : Sir Humphrey Gilbert" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Oh wildly wild the roaring blast
Torments the fallen snow!
The wintry storms are up at last,
And care not how they go!
"Songs of the Winter Days" by George MacDonald

In news:

British Parliament Blasts Google Over Street View Breaches.
'Gold card desk' brouhaha : Mayor order investigation after audit blasts special treatment for dismissing parking tickets.
Kawasaki's Brute Force 650 straight-axle 4x4 is a blast to ride.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will hold its 13th annual Bug Blast from 10 a.m.-4 pm Sunday.
A truck carries the bus damaged by the suicide bomb blast which targeted a group of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, on Thursday.
Israel's PM Netanyahu blasts Iran and Hezbollah, saying they are behind the attack.
Opponents of Mark Regenerus' recent study about gay parenting that has been blasted by LGBT activists just got another boost.
Former President Carter Blasts Bush's Administration as 'Worst in History'.
Knights blast Eagles, 51-6: ' Business-like ' Northern racks up 503 yards at Lakeland.
Wounded UK journalist blasts ' butchery ,' recalls harrowing escape from Syria.
While the Chevy Cast & Blast will not be going to Africa, we will be filming an exotic animal surprise for you over the weekend as part of the event.
Jumaane Smith's Trumpet Blast Is His Calling Card .
Blasting Prostate Cancer Cells with Precisely Controlled Chemotherapy.
US issues emergency order to suppress coal dust blasts.
Before blocking one of Appalachia's largest-ever mountaintop coal-mining projects this month, US EPA agreed to allow blasting to start on a half-a-dozen other mountaintop mines.

In science:

Also shown in Figure 2 for comparison is the evolution of a spherical blast wave of comparable isotropic equivalent energy.
Short Gamma Ray Bursts and their Afterglow Signatures in Dense Stellar Systems
With higher energy content, on the other hand, deceleration to non-relativistic velocities occurs at much larger radii (panel c), and the blast wave is still moving through the core region before the two expanding shells collide to form a single structure.
Short Gamma Ray Bursts and their Afterglow Signatures in Dense Stellar Systems
If we continue to see the population of afterglows dominated by high inferred densities when compared to the IGM, this is support for blast waves in dense stellar systems, i.e. support for the origin of SGRBs from dynamically formed compact binaries or collisions.
Short Gamma Ray Bursts and their Afterglow Signatures in Dense Stellar Systems
In the early stages, the blast wave remains largely undisturbed.
Short Gamma Ray Bursts and their Afterglow Signatures in Dense Stellar Systems
The pressure slices in the right column show the region interior to the blast wave for each case.
Short Gamma Ray Bursts and their Afterglow Signatures in Dense Stellar Systems