blast


blast
blast n blight, nip (see under BLAST vb)
Analogous words: destruction (see corresponding verb at DESTROY): extermination, extirpation, wiping out (see corresponding verbs at EXTERMINATE): ruin, wreck (see RUIN vb)
blast vb Blast, blight, nip mean as verbs, to ruin or to injure severely, suddenly, or surprisingly and as nouns, the effect of such ruin or injury.
Blast which basically implies a violent onrush (as of wind) carries the implication of something pernicious that comes with sweeping force to destroy or demolish or to bring with it complete frustration
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I'll cross it, though it blast meShak.

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O fairest flower, no sooner blown but blastedMilton

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the thunder crackled again. It is terrifying in the tropics, that sound. . . . You expect to be annihilated, blasted, burned to a crisp— McFee

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our shelter from the stormy blastWatts

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the East bowed low before the blastArnold

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Blight primarily implies a withering and killing of plant tissue by some natural agency (as disease, pests, or adverse weather)
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dahlias blighted by an unseasonable frost

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late blight of potatoes

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Similarly in extended use the term implies a destructive altering (as of a plan, a hope, or a life) by some external but relevant agency
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a secret marriage . . . was a blight on his life— George Eliot

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when the true scholar gets thoroughly to work, his logic is remorseless, his art is implacable, and his sense of humor is blightedHenry Adams

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a Peloponnesian or a European war lays its blight on whole peoples— Montague

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The Moonstone[/i] is very near to Bleak House. The theft of a diamond has some of the same blighting effect on the lives about it as the suit in Chancery— T. S. Eliot

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Nip may imply a squeezing, a pinching, or more specifically, a cutting off between two edges, surfaces, or points; in extended use, it implies the acting of something comparable (as a killing frost or a bitter wind) that has power to damage, to check, or to distress
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so have I seen some tender slip saved with care from winter's nipMilton

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the wind that blows between the worlds, it nipped him to the bone— Kipling

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most of the flowers had been nipped by a heavy frost

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In the idiomatic phrase "to nip in the bud" nip harks back to the implication of cutting off and suggests a terminating or destroying of something before it has fully developed or matured
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the plans for an uprising were nipped in the bud

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nip a scandal in the bud

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Analogous words: *destroy: *ruin, wreck: *exterminate, extirpate, wipe: *injure, damage, spoil

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  • BLAST — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda BLAST Desarrollador Altschul S.F., Gish W., Miller E.W., Lipman D.J., NCBI http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/BLAST/ Información general …   Wikipedia Español

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • BLAST — bezeichnet: eine junge, nicht endgültig differenzierte Zelle, siehe Blast (Biologie) einer britische Literaturzeitschrift, siehe Blast (Zeitschrift) einen Actionfilm, siehe Blast – Dem Terror entkommt niemand BLAST steht für: Basic Local… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • blast — /blast / (say blahst) noun 1. a sudden blowing or gust of wind. 2. the blowing of a trumpet, whistle, etc. 3. the sound produced by this. 4. a forcible stream of air from the mouth, from bellows, or the like. 5. Metallurgy air under pressure… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Blast! — may refer to:* Blast! , a mild English language (primarily British) expletive * Blast! (1972 film), a.k.a. The Final Comedown * Blast! (2004 film), an action/comedy/thriller film * Blast! (comic), a 1991 British comic * Blast! (musical), a 2001… …   Wikipedia

  • 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blast — [blast, bläst] n. [ME < OE blæst, puff of wind < IE * bhlē , var. of base * bhel , to swell, blow up > BALL1, L flare] 1. a gust of wind; strong rush of air 2. the sound of a sudden rush of air or gas, as through a trumpet 3. a strong,… …   English World dictionary

  • Blast — bezeichnet: eine junge, nicht endgültig differenzierte Zelle, siehe Blast (Biologie) eine britische Literaturzeitschrift, siehe Blast (Zeitschrift) einen Actionfilm, siehe Blast – Dem Terror entkommt niemand BLAST steht für: Basic Local Alignment …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Blast (BD) — Blast Série Auteur Manu Larcenet Scénario Manu Larcenet Dessin Manu Larcenet Couleurs Manu Larcenet Genre(s) Roman graphique …   Wikipédia en Français


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