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blis•ter



Pronunciation: (blis'tur), [key]
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. a 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.

v.t.
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.

v.i.
to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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