Middle English Dictionary Entry

blast n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

The blowing (of wind); esp., a sharp or sudden gust (of wind); windes ~, wind-blast; winter-blast, wintry blast.
(a) The expulsion or blowing (of breath); breath, a puff of breath; drauen ~, to breathe; blouen out ending-blast, breathe (one's) last, die; (b) breath (of life), spirit, soul; lives ~.
The expulsion of wind, a loud fart.
Utterance of words, a verbal blast; declaration (of doctrines).
(a) The blowing (of a trumpet, etc.); the blast or call (of a bugle, etc.); blouen ~, sound a blast or hunting call; (b) at one ~, in unison, simultaneously; (c) a 'company' (of hunters).
(a) The expulsion of fiery breath, fiery breath; (b) a blazing flame or fire; also fig.
(a) A flash or stroke of lightning; a crash or clap (of thunder); thonder-blast; (b) a blow or stroke.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. blast.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Terms Assoc.(3) (Lamb 306)234 : A Blast of hvnters.
  • Note: New sense: 'As term of association'