Meaning of BLISTER in English


I. ˈblistə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English blester, blister, modification of Old French or Middle Dutch; Old French blostre boil, pustule, from Middle Dutch bluyster blister; akin to Old English blǣst blast — more at blast

1. : an elevation of the epidermis containing watery liquid or serum : bleb , bulla

2. : an enclosed raised spot on the surface of an organism caused by the separation of skin or other covering (as one resulting from a bruise on a plant)

3. : an agent that causes a blister (as a blistering plaster)

4. : a flaw on a surface caused by nonadherence or by separation of an applied substance: as

a. : a nodule on a painted surface filled with air, solvent, or water

b. : an elevated layer of rock resulting from the flow of molten rock into low wet areas and the generation of steam pockets

c. : blister pearl

d. : a fault in plywood or veneer resulting from failure to obtain uniform binding of the surface layer

e. : a large bubble in glass

f. : a spot of emulsion in a photographic film or plate loosened from its base in processing

g. : a rounded elevation on the surface of metal caused by expansion of gas within or through the subsurface metal while it is hot or plastic

5. : an oyster smaller than a quarter dollar

6. : blister copper


a. : a disease of plants caused by ascomycetous fungi (genus Taphrina ) that produce large swollen patches on the leaves (as that of the pear caused by T. bullata )

b. : any of various similar diseases (as a nonparasitic disorder of the apple) — see blister blight , blister canker , blister spot

8. : any of various structures that bulge out from the main mass of which they are part: as

a. : a watertight compartmented structure applied to the hull of certain vessels especially below the waterline to offer added protection (as against torpedoes or mines)

b. : a gunner's or observer's compartment protruding from the fuselage of an airplane and often covered by a transparent dome

c. : a glass observation dome built into and protruding above the roof of a railroad car

d. : a housing for a radar antenna — see radome

9. slang : person ; especially : bag I 5 — usually used disparagingly

II. verb

( blistered ; blistered ; blistering ˈblist(ə)riŋ ; blisters )

Etymology: Middle English blisteren, from blister, n.

intransitive verb


a. : to become affected with blisters

lips will blister and chap in the wind

b. : to raise a blister

that sauce is hot; it positively blisters

2. : to have or take on the form of a blister

the trumpeter's cheeks were blistering like a child's balloon

transitive verb


a. : to raise a blister on

she blistered her hand with hot grease

: cause a blister to form on

the hot sun will blister the paint

b. : to treat by blistering or by means of blisters — now usually restricted to veterinary usage

the doctor physicked him, and bled him, and blistered him, but he lived all the same

2. : to affect as if to the point of raising blisters:

a. : to administer severe physical punishment to especially by whipping or beating

get in here this minute or I'll blister your bottom when you do

b. : to scorch with words (as in anger or contempt) : censure harshly : excoriate

the sergeant blistered the men and set them to drilling again

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