blister

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blister get blistered "Her feet blistered during the long hike"
    • v blister cause blisters to form on "the tight shoes and perspiration blistered her feet"
    • v blister subject to harsh criticism "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday","the professor scaled the students","your invectives scorched the community"
    • n blister (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
    • n blister (botany) a swelling on a plant similar to that on the skin
    • n blister a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blister A vesicatory; a plaster of Spanish flies, or other matter, applied to raise a blister.
    • Blister A vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a bladderlike elevation of the cuticle. "And painful blisters swelled my tender hands."
    • Blister Any elevation made by the separation of the film or skin, as on plants; or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel.
    • v. i Blister To be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on. "Let my tongue blister ."
    • Blister To give pain to, or to injure, as if by a blister. "This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongue."
    • Blister To raise a blister or blisters upon. "My hands were blistered ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blister A thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, by a vesicatory, or by disease; a pustule. It is formed by disintegration and effusion of serum into some of the softer epidermal layers, or
    • n blister An elevation made by the lifting up of an external film or skin by confined air or fluid, as on plants, or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel.
    • n blister Something applied to the skin to raise a blister, as a plaster of Spanish flies, mustard, etc., as a means of counter-irritation; a vesicatory.
    • n blister In castings of different materials, an effect caused by the presence of confined bubbles of air or gas.
    • n blister A distortion of peach-leaves caused by the fungus Exoascus deformans; bladder-blight. See Exoascus. Also called blistering.
    • blister To raise a blister or blisters on, as by a burn, medical application, or friction: as, to blister one's hands.
    • blister To raise filmy vesicles on by heat: as, too high a temperature will blister paint; blistered steel. See blister-steel.
    • blister Figuratively, to cause to suffer as if from blisters; subject to burning shame or disgrace.
    • blister To rise in blisters, or become blistered.
    • n blister A swelling on a metal plate; a bag.
    • n blister A young oyster.
    • n blister In photography, a defect in a plate or on a paper in the process of coating with gelatin, albumin, or collodion.
    • n blister In glass-making, a defect in the glass caused by the retention of gas-bubbles formed during the melting.
    • n blister A common disease of pear-leaves produced by a mite, Phytoptus pyri, commonly called the pear-leaf blister mite. Each blister is a swelling of the leaf, producing a cavity in which the mites are found.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blister blis′tėr a thin bubble or bladder on the skin, containing watery matter: a pustule: a plaster applied to raise a blister
    • v.t Blister to raise a blister
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Quotations

  • J. M. Synge
    J. M. Synge
    “Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE.; akin to OD. bluyster, fr. the same root as blast, bladder, blow,. See Blow to eject wind

Usage

In literature:

Blistered and blackened with powder smoke, the fevered men were half delirious from lack of sleep and water.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The first impulse of every one is to pull it off, which is followed by a blister.
"Notes and Queries, Number 185, May 14, 1853" by Various
I should not wonder if his eyes had blistered her face, they have been glowing on her so intensely.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
I'm a gouty, rheumatic old wreck, I suppose; but I'll be dad blistered if I'm going to end my days wallowing in medicated mud!
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
And at 6:35 I discovers that I'd raised a water blister on both palms.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
But when the water splashed against the sun-blistered clapboards of the veranda wall, his spurt of energy diminished.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
My shoes felt burned through and my face felt blistered, and jiminy, how I sweat!
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Even a simple cold or a spell of indigestion may be accompanied by fever blisters.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
When made with the white of an egg they will not blister.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Blistering or other treatment of the painful part will often injure, and cannot do much, in any case, to cure.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Leaves small, bright red, blistered on the surface, and spreading horizontally.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
They put a blister upon my back, and two from my ear to my throat, one on a side.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
The following, are useful directions for dressing a blister.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
And everywhere there was blinding brightness and the look and feel of blistering sunshine.
"Sand Doom" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Bombifrons: front of head with a blister-like protuberance.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He turned and looked back; he seemed to Anastasia to look between the little blistered slats into her very eyes.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
They were drops of molten pride, hot and blistering, leaving the eyes blood-shot and dim.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Blisters, iodin, and many other irritants are used in a similar way.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
His ship's boat clanked into position in the lifeboat blister.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Scratching, friction, or the severity of the attack may lead to the appearance of blisters and sores.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
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In poetry:

But ne'er a moment the mowers check
Song or whistle, to think of him,
With blisters burning over his neck,
Under his straw hat's ragged brim.
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary
And letters of mere formal phrase
Were blister'd with repeated tears,
And this was not the work of days,
But had gone on for years and years!
"Shadows" by Richard Monckton Milnes Houghton
When, faithful to her ancient lore,
She thrusts aside her fragrant balm
For blistering juice, or cankering ore,
And tames them till they cure or calm;
"For The Meeting Of The National Sanitary Association" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"May nightshade cluster round his path,
And thistles shoot, and brambles cling;
May blistering ivy scorch his veins,
And dogwood burn, and nettles sting.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sear, blistering sun, these temple veins;
Blind, icy moon, these coldest eyes;
And drench me through, ye winter rains, —
Swell, if ye can, my miseries.
"Memory" by William Ellery Channing
Although by stealth
My flesh get on; yet let her sister
My soul bid nothing, but preserve her wealth.
The growth of flesh is but a blister;
Childhood is health.
"Holy Baptisme (II)" by George Herbert

In news:

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a blistering dissent to the just-announced majority decision for Arizona v. United States, which struck down three of the four provisions of the controversial Arizona immigration law passed in 2010.
Hot Slots, A Blistering Convoy & The Heater.
Seattle superintendent's job at stake after blistering report.
Another Blistering Work for Candy Ride at Del Mar.
Any subsequent thermal cycling may cause these areas to delaminate or ' blister .
' It can be that the blisters are simply not visible until after dyeing, that the process parameters of dyeing allow them to really develop.
Fortunately, nobody will have to read the blistering column I was going to write if the Stater Bros Route 66 Rendezvous had been relocated out of downtown San Bernardino, because happily I will not have to write it.
"And what this produces is rather disfiguring, unsightly, fluid-filled vesicles of blisters, which, unfortunately, also pigment the skin," said Carrington.
The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn , the play by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Gina Gionfriddo ( Becky Shaw ), opened Off-Broadway June 12 following previews from May 18.
Drug stores see strongest sales in such commodity items as blister-packed cameras and camcorders, personal music players, headphones, iPod docks and blank media, according to TWICE's Alan Wolf.
New hybrid printer for tablet blister packs adds serialization- capable digital printing capability.
No, not the blistering summer heat.
The Grizzlies are off to a blistering start, their best in franchise history.
JERUSALEM – With little notice, Israel has launched a blistering air offensive against the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group.
JERUSALEM (AP) — With little notice, Israel has launched a blistering air offensive against the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group.
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In science:

Pogge et al. (1992) interpreted the Orion S emission as arising from a dense IF and PDR at the back of the blister H II region.
Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of Photodissociation Regions: The Orion Bar and Orion S
This is illustrated in Fig. 4, right panel, for the PDR associated with the blister H ii region, S140 (Timmermann et al., 1996).
High excitation ISM and gas
The H ii region S 125 is modelled selfconsistently with a 2-dimensional geometrical blister model.
High excitation ISM and gas
This is an irregular concave blister of ionized gas bounded on the outside by apparent walls where the ionization front has curved almost to the direction of the observer. M 43 is seen to be shielded from illumination by θ1Ori C by the northeast portion of the wall bounding M 42.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
We adopt the blister model for the Huygens Region.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
Ferland (Baldwin et al. 1991) pointed out that a flat blister model would vary in surface brightness in the Hβ line approximately as D−2 , where D is the distance from θ1Ori C in the plane of the sky, in approximate agreement with the limited data then available.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
The most straightforward interpretation of these anomalies is that the dark lane is so very optically thick that much of the radiation arises not from the blister portion of M 43 but from ionized material on the observer’s side of the dark lane.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
It should be noted (O’Dell 2001) that the ionized blister that faces the ionizing star is actually of greatest density near the main-ionization-front and decreases in density with increasing distance from that layer.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
Likewise, the peak emissivity of the blister decreases with increasing distance from the ionizing star.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
However, we know today (O’Dell 1999) that ob jects of the same first-order appearance can also be produced by a blister nebula and it can be argued that these are more common.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
This quickly produces a blister nebula that can have a long life.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
Blisters that are not facing the observer will not be seen visually, so that selectively we will see the blister nebulae nearly face-on.
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
The blister will probably be irregular in form as it will erode more slowly where the underlying density of the GMC is higher (Henney et al. 2005).
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
We can, however, get useful information by comparing the continuum in M 43 with NU Ori, which clearly dominates this ob ject. M 43 is also a blister type H II Region with the dominant ionizing star (NU Ori) lying in front of the local ionized gas, behind which lies a PDR (Herrmann et al. 1997).
Spectrophotometry of the Huygens Region of the Orion Nebula, the Extended Orion Nebula, and M~43; Scattered Light Systematically Distorts Conditions Derived from Emission-Lines
Our results reaffirm the blister model for the M42 H ii region, while also revealing its relation to the neutral environment on a larger scale.
Tearing the Veil: interaction of the Orion Nebula with its neutral environment
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