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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blastynge, equivalent to blast +‎ ing (present participle ending).



  1. present participle of blast
    The TV is blasting. Please turn it down!

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English blastyng, blastynge, equivalent to blast +‎ -ing (gerundive ending).


blasting (plural blastings)

  1. A planned explosion, as in mining.
    • 1960 December, Voyageur, “The Mountain Railways of the Bernese Oberland”, in Trains Illustrated, page 754:
      But it was a different matter altogether when the blasting of the tunnel was commenced.
  2. The act by which something is blasted, or blighted.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, 1 Kings 8:37:
      If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller: if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities, whatsoeuer plague, whatsoeuer sicknes there be;
    • 1897, Mark Twain, Following the Equator [] [1], New York: American Publishing Company:
      They showed signs of the blightings and blastings of time, in their outward aspect, but they were young within; young and cheerful, and ready to talk []