WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
blis•ter /ˈblɪstɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Pathologya thin swelling on the skin containing watery matter, as from a burn or friction:had a blister on my heel.
  2. any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint:This brush will prevent paint blisters from forming.

  1. Pathologyto (cause to) become swollen;
    to (cause to) get a blister on: [+ object]The shoes blistered my toes.[no object]The paint blistered in the sun.
  2. [+ object] to subject to intense heat: The tropical heat blistered the coast.
  3. to criticize or rebuke severely:[+ object]He blistered his aides.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
blis•ter  (blistər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
  2. any similar swelling, as an air bubble in a coat of paint.
  3. a relatively large bubble occurring in glass during blowing.
  4. [Mil.]a transparent bulge or dome on the fuselage of an airplane, usually for mounting a gun.
  5. [Photog.]a bubble of air formed where the emulsion has separated from the base of a film, as because of defective processing.
  6. Buildinga dome or skylight on a building.
  7. the moving bubble in a spirit level.
  8. 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.

  1. to raise a blister or blisters on:These new shoes blistered my feet.
  2. to criticize or rebuke severely:The boss blistered his assistant in front of the whole office.
  3. to beat or thrash;
    punish severely.

  1. to form or rise as a blister or blisters;
    become blistered.
  • Old Norse blǣstri, dative of blāstr swelling. See blast, blow2
  • Middle English blister, blester 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

blister /ˈblɪstə/ n
  1. a small bubble-like elevation of the skin filled with serum, produced as a reaction to a burn, mechanical irritation, etc
  2. NZ slang a rebuke
  1. to have or cause to have blisters
  2. (transitive) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French blestre, probably from Middle Dutch bluyster blister; see blast

ˈblistered adj

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Collocations: a blister pack of [pills, medication], [store, pack, buy] meat in a blister pack, have a blister on my [foot, finger, hand], more...

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