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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLASTING

Bouriette had been injured by an explosion during some blasting operations.

The blasting tubes were on the bottom, and could not be shifted to the top.

"We shall have to be on our guard when we go to blasting," answered his parent.

Here, myrtles grow, and fear no blasting north, or blighting east.

They were laughing, thinking of the fortunes there would be here when blasting begun.

This was before the blasting, and it was the first marriage on Mushrat.

Now it was not many days after this that the blasting was begun on Mushrat.

Blocks of slate are loosened by blasting, and are taken to the splitting-shed.

Get through into that stope with your fuse, man; I'll hand you the blasting stuff.

The only thing they could try now was blasting their way into the Bridge.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English blæst "blowing, breeze, puff of wind," from Proto-Germanic *bles- (cf. Old Norse blastr, Old High German blast "a blowing, blast," German blasen, Gothic blesan "to blow"), from PIE *bhle- "to blow," probably a variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).

Meaning "explosion" is from 1630s; that of "noisy party, good time" is from 1953, American English slang. Sense of "strong current of air for iron-smelting" (1690s) led to blast furnace and transferred sense in full blast "the extreme" (1839). Blast was the usual word for "a smoke of tobacco" c.1600.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BLASTING

blowing

adjectiveagitating the air
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