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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

What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear Doug Peacock November 22, 2014
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Deer Tick’s John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll James Joiner January 1, 2015

Historical Examples

A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches Eliza Leslie
The Christmas Story from David Harum Edward Noyes Westcott
The Soul of a People H. Fielding
The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea Janet Aldridge
Warrior Gap Charles King
Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert

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
to have or cause to have blisters
(transitive) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm

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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