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verb     blast pronunciation in American English
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present participleblasting
past tenseblasted
past participleblasted
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  1. 1
    [transitive]Sound effect to damage or destroy something with a bomb or gun
    blast a hole in something:

    An enemy submarine blasted a huge hole in the side of the ship.

    blast something off:

    It took two shots to blast the lock off the door.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to shoot a person or animal

      He blasted them with his shotgun.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to destroy or move earth, rock, or metal using a series of explosions

      They had to blast their way through the mountainside to build the tunnel.

      blast through:

      They blasted through several yards of solid steel.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit something with a lot of energy or force

    Rain blasted through the window.

    blast someone/something with something:

    To clean the driveway they blasted it with steam.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if music blasts, or if it is blasted, it plays very loudly
    blast out:

    Music was blasting out from the open window.

    1. a.
      to make a loud sound with a car horn
  4. 4
    [transitive] to kick or hit a ball very hard

    Hamm blasted the ball into the back of the goal.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to criticize someone very strongly

    In today’s Times, the proposal is blasted as “pathetic and inadequate.”

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