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Webster 1913 Edition


Blister

Blis′ter

,
Noun.
[OE.; akin to OD.
bluyster
, fr. the same root as
blast
,
bladder
,
blow
. See
Blow
to eject wind.]
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.
Dunglison.
Blister beetle
,
a beetle used to raise blisters, esp. the
Lytta vesicatoria
(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 under
Blood
.

Blis′ter

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Blistered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Blistering
.]
To be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on.
Let my tongue
blister
.
Shakespeare

Blis′ter

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To raise a blister or blisters upon.
My hands were
blistered
.
Franklin.
2.
To give pain to, or to injure, as if by a blister.
This tyrant, whose sole name
blisters
our tongue.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Blister

BLIS'TER

,
Noun.
1.
A pustule; a thin bladder on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, whether occasioned by a burn, or other injury, or by a vesicatory. It is formed by raising the cuticle.
2.
Any tumor 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 flies, or other matter, applied to raise a vesicle.

BLIS'TER

,
Verb.
T.
To rise in blisters.

BLIS'TER

,
Verb.
T.
To raise a blister, by any hurt, burn or violent action upon the skin; to raise a blister by a medical application, or vesicatory.
1.
To raise tumors on iron bars in a furnace, in the process of converting iron into steel.

Definition 2022


blister

blister

English

Noun

blister (plural blisters)

  1. 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.
    • Grainger
      Painful blisters swelled my tender hands.
  2. A swelling on a plant.
  3. (medicine) Something applied to the skin to raise a blister; a vesicatory or other applied medicine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dunglison to this entry?)
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I.168:
      'T is written in the Hebrew Chronicle, / How the physicians, leaving pill and potion, / Prescribed, by way of blister, a young belle, / When old King David's blood grew dull in motion, / And that the medicine answered very well [...].
  4. A bubble, as on a painted surface.
  5. (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.
  6. A type of pre-formed packaging made from plastic that contains cavities
    blister card
    blister pack

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Verb

blister (third-person singular simple present blisters, present participle blistering, simple past and past participle blistered)

  1. To cause blisters to form.
    • 2004, Frank Hamer; Janet Hamer, The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques, 5th edition, London; Philadelphia, Penn.: A & C Black; University of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 978-0-7136-6408-9, page 248:
      An overfired glaze often blisters by the volatilization of part of its composition. It also reaches a stage where its viscosity is too low to keep it on the pot.
  2. (transitive) To criticise severely.
  3. (intransitive) To break out in blisters.

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Dutch

Etymology

Likely from English blister (blister; blister pack).

Noun

blister m (plural blisters, diminutive blistertje n)

  1. blister
  2. blister pack

Synonyms

  • (blister): blaar, blein, blaasje
  • (blister pack): doordrukstrip, blisterpak, blisterverpakking

French

Noun

blister m (plural blisters)

  1. blister pack