Blistering



causing a blister or blisters.
(especially of sunlight, heat, etc.) very severe or intense.
very fast or rapid:
a blistering pace.
the act or an instance of forming a blister or blisters.
a series or group of blisters, as on a painted surface.
a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint.
a relatively large bubble occurring in glass during blowing.
Military. a transparent bulge or dome on the fuselage of an airplane, usually for mounting a gun.
Photography. a bubble of air formed where the emulsion has separated from the base of a film, as because of defective processing.
a dome or skylight on a building.
the moving bubble in a spirit level.
a small blisterlike covering of plastic, usually affixed to a piece of cardboard and containing a small item, as a pen, bolt, or medicinal tablet.
to raise a blister or blisters on:
These new shoes blistered my feet.
to criticize or rebuke severely:
The boss blistered his assistant in front of the whole office.
to beat or thrash; punish severely.
to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.
Contemporary Examples

The Best Columns of the Year John Avlon December 30, 2013
More Juicy Bits From the Sarah Palin Tell-All Shushannah Walshe February 22, 2011
P.J. O’Rourke on Grabbing the Keys to Happiness P. J. O’Rourke January 23, 2014
The U.S. Government Doesn’t Really Owe $16 Trillion in Debt Matthew Zeitlin September 4, 2012
Fresh Picks Robert Irvine January 12, 2011

Historical Examples

The World That Couldn’t Be Clifford Donald Simak
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
The Puddleford Papers, H. H. Riley
When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various

adjective
(of weather) extremely hot
(of criticism) extremely harsh
noun
a small bubble-like elevation of the skin filled with serum, produced as a reaction to a burn, mechanical irritation, etc
a swelling containing air or liquid, as on a painted surface
a transparent dome or any bulge on the fuselage of an aircraft, such as one used for observation
(slang) an irritating person
(NZ, slang) a rebuke
verb
to have or cause to have blisters
(transitive) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm
n.
v.

An annoying person without whom one could do nicely: He’s not quite a jerk, just a blister (1800s+)
A prostitute (mid-1800s+)
A bubble-shaped transparent covering on an aircraft cockpit, roof opening, etc (1940s+)

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