Definition of Blister

1. Noun. A flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint).

Generic synonyms: Defect, Fault, Flaw

2. Verb. Get blistered. "Did his feet blister?"; "Her feet blistered during the long hike"
Exact synonyms: Vesicate
Generic synonyms: Intumesce, Swell, Swell Up, Tumefy, Tumesce
Derivative terms: Vesicant, Vesication, Vesicatory

3. Noun. (botany) a swelling on a plant similar to that on the skin.
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Generic synonyms: Enation, Plant Process

4. Verb. Subject to harsh criticism. "Your invectives scorched the community"
Exact synonyms: Scald, Whip
Generic synonyms: Assail, Assault, Attack, Lash Out, Round, Snipe

5. Noun. (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid.
Exact synonyms: Bleb, Bulla
Generic synonyms: Cyst, Vesicle
Category relationships: Pathology
Specialized synonyms: Water Blister, Blood Blister, Pustule
Derivative terms: Blebby, Blistery

6. Verb. Cause blisters to form on. "The tight shoes and perspiration blistered her feet"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Related verbs: Vesicate

Definition of Blister

1. n. A vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a bladderlike elevation of the cuticle.

2. v. i. To be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on.

3. v. t. To raise a blister or blisters upon.

Definition of Blister

1. Noun. A small bubble between the layers of the skin that contains watery or bloody fluid and is caused by friction and pressure, burning, freezing, chemical irritation, disease or infection. ¹

2. Noun. A swelling on a plant. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) Something applied to the skin to raise a blister; a vesicatory or other applied medicine. ¹

4. Noun. A bubble, as on a painted surface. ¹

5. Noun. (context: roofing) An enclosed pocket of air, which may be mixed with water or solvent vapor, trapped between impermeable layers of felt or between the membrane and substrate. ¹

6. Noun. ¹

7. Verb. To cause blisters to form. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To criticise severely. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To break out in blisters. ¹

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Definition of Blister

1. to cause blisters (skin swellings) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Blister

1. 1. A vesicle of the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn or other injury, or by a vesicatory; a collection of serous fluid causing a bladderlike elevation of the cuticle. "And painful blisters swelled my tender hands." (Grainger) 2. Any elevation made by the separation of the film or skin, as on plants; or by the swelling of the substance at the surface, as on steel. 3. A vesicatory; a plaster of Spanish flies, or other matter, applied to raise a blister. Blister beetle, a beetle used to raise blisters, especially. The Lytta (or Cantharis) vesicatoria, called Cantharis or Spanish fly by druggists. See Cantharis. Blister fly, a blister beetle. Blister plaster, a plaster designed to raise a blister; usually made of Spanish flies. Blister steel, crude steel formed from wrought iron by cementation; so called because of its blistered surface. Called also blistered steel. Blood blister. See Blood. Origin: OE.; akin to OD. Bluyster, fr. The same root as blast, bladder, blow. See Blow to eject wind. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Blister

bliss ninny
bliss out
bliss up
blister (current term)
blister agent
blister beetle
blister beetle poisoning
blister blight
blister copper
blister pack
blister rust
blistering agent
blistering collodion

Literary usage of Blister

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1914)
"TABLE I.—Recoveries of Rare Metals from blister Copper. ... :—All the blister copper is produced from the Nevada Consolidated mines. (Also porphyry deposits ..."

2. Corinthian Hellenistic Pottery by G. Roger Edwards (1975)
"blister WARE 750—779 INTRODUCTION blister ware was first isolated and named by Thompson in 1933 (Thompson A 68, C 78, and pp. 470- 471). ..."

3. Manual of Tree Diseases by William Howard Rankin (1918)
"YELLOW LEAF-blister Caused by ... This leaf-blister disease occurs on white and paper birch in northeastern United States. Small light yellow blisters are ..."

4. Phytopathology by American Phytopathological Society (1917)
"blister SPOT OF APPLES AND ITS RELATION TO \ DISEASE OF APPLE BAH K DEAN H. ROSE' WITH THREE FIGURES IN THE TEXT In the present paper is described a disease ..."

5. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1884)
""Why, he sent him a blister—a regular apothecary's blister—instead of some law process, by way of a joke, and Ned •wouldn't stand" it. ..."

6. The Horse by William Youatt, John Stuart Skinner (1843)
"At the expiration of twenty-four hours, a little olive or neat's foot oil should be applied over the blister, which will considerably lessen the pain and ..."

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