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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -blast \-blast\ [Gr. blasto`s sprout, shoot.]
     A suffix or terminal formative, used principally in
     biological terms, and signifying growth, formation; as,
     bioblast, epiblast, mesoblast, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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.
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              And see where surly Winter passes off,
              Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts;
              His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     4. The sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the
        sound produces at one breath.
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              One blast upon his bugle horn
              Were worth a thousand men.            --Sir W.
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              The blast of triumph o'er thy grave.  --Bryant.
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     5. A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind,
        especially on animals and plants; a blight.
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              By the blast of God they perish.      --Job iv. 9.
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              Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast.
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     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.
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     7. A flatulent disease of sheep.
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     {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.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Blast \Blast\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
     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
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              Seven thin ears, and blasted with the east wind.
                                                    --Gen. xii. 6.
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     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.
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              I'll cross it, though it blast me.    --Shak.
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              Blasted with excess of light.         --T. Gray.
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     3. To confound by a loud blast or din.
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              With brazen din blast you the city's ear. --Shak.
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     4. To rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder,
        dynamite, etc.; to shatter; as, to blast rocks.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Blast \Blast\, v. i.
     1. To be blighted or withered; as, the bud blasted in the
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     2. To blow; to blow on a trumpet. [Obs.]
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              Toke his blake trumpe faste
              And gan to puffen and to blaste.      --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: a long and hard-hit fly ball
       2: a sudden very loud noise [syn: {bang}, {clap}, {eruption}, {loud
       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: a highly pleasurable or exciting experience; "we had a good
          time at the party"; "celebrating after the game was a
          blast" [syn: {good time}]
       6: intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the
          Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack";
          "don't give me any flak" [syn: {fire}, {attack}, {flak}, {flack}]
       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},
       3: use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
          [syn: {shell}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  329 Moby Thesaurus words for "blast":
     Bedlam let loose, accurse, aim at, anathematize, at full blast,
     attack, awake the dead, backfire, baffle, balk, bang, bark,
     barrage, bay, beat, bedlam, beep, bell, bellow, belt, blare,
     blaspheme, blast, blast the ear, blast-freeze, blat, blight, blitz,
     blot out, blow, blow a hurricane, blow great guns, blow out,
     blow over, blow the horn, blow to pieces, blow up, blowout, blowup,
     bluster, bobbery, bomb, bombard, boom, brave, brawl, bray, breeze,
     breeze up, brew, brouhaha, bugle, bump off, burst, bust, cancer,
     canker, cannon, cannonade, challenge, charge, charivari, checkmate,
     chirm, circumvent, clamor, clangor, clap, clarion, clatter,
     clobber, come up, commence firing, commotion, completely, confound,
     confront, congeal, contravene, counter, counteract, countermand,
     counterwork, crack, crash, crescendo, criticize, croak, cross,
     curse, damage, damn, darn, dash, deafen, defame, defeat, defy,
     demolish, denounce, destroy, detonate, detonation, devastate, din,
     discharge, discomfit, disconcert, discord, discountenance,
     discredit, dish, disrupt, do in, donnybrook, drub, drunken brawl,
     dry rot, dust, dustup, dynamite, elude, enfilade, entirely, erase,
     eruption, excommunicate, execrate, explode, explosion, fanfare,
     fill the air, fire, fire a volley, fire at, fire upon, fix, flap,
     flare, flash, flaw, flourish of trumpets, flummox, flurry, foil,
     fracas, free-for-all, freeze, freeze solid, freshen, frustrate,
     fulguration, fully, fulminate, fulminate against, fulmination,
     fungus, fusillade, gale, gather, get, give the business, glaciate,
     glacify, go off, gun down, gunshot, gust, hell broke loose, hex,
     hit, honk, howl, hubbub, hue and cry, huff, hullabaloo, ice,
     imprecate, injure, jangle, knock the chocks, lambaste, larrup,
     lay out, lay waste, let off, lick, load, loud noise, maximally,
     mildew, mine, mold, mortar, moth, moth and rust, must, nip, noise,
     noise and shouting, nonplus, off, open fire, open up on, outcry,
     overwhelm, pandemonium, payload, peal, pepper, perplex, pest, pipe,
     pipe up, polish off, pop, pop at, puff, quick-freeze, racket, rage,
     rake, rattle, rattle the windows, refreeze, regelate, rend the air,
     rend the ears, report, resound, rhubarb, ring, rise, roar,
     rock the sky, rot, row, rub out, ruckus, ruction, ruin, rumble,
     rumpus, rust, sabotage, salvo, scotch, scud, set in, set off,
     settle, shatter, shell, shellac, shindy, shivaree, shoot, shoot at,
     shot, shriek, shrivel, slam, slug, smash, smut, snipe, snipe at,
     sound, sound a tattoo, sound taps, spike, split the eardrums,
     split the ears, spoil, spring, squall, squeal, startle the echoes,
     stonewall, storm, strafe, stump, stun, stunt, surge, swell,
     take aim at, take care of, tantara, tantarara, taps, tarantara,
     tattoo, thoroughly, throw a whammy, thunder, thunder against,
     thunderclap, thwart, tintamarre, toot, tootle, torpedo, touch off,
     trumpet, trumpet blast, trumpet call, tumult, tweedle, uproar,
     upset, volley, waft, wallop, warhead, waste, wham, whiff, whiffle,
     whistle, wind, wind gust, wipe out, wither, worm, wreck, zap,
     zero in on

From Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002) [vera]:

       BLocked ASynchronous Transmission

From Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001) [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 (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

          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.

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