Full record for blaster n.

Definition weapon that emits a destructive blast
OED requirements antedating 1925
Earliest cite Nictzin Dyalhis, When the Green Star Waned
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from Murray Leinster's "The Ethical Equations". Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1941 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Artnan Process". Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Isaac Asimov's 1940 story "Robbie". Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1939 cite from Jack Williamson's "One Against the Legion". Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1938 cite from Henry Kuttner's "Hollywood on the Moon". Alistair Durie submitted a 1925 cite for the form "blastor" from Nictzin Dyalhis's "When the Green Star Waned".

(Earliest cite in the OED: 1950)

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Citations for blaster n.

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1925 N. Dyalhis When Green Star Wanes in Weird Tales Apr. 6/2 Well it was for me that, in obedience to Hul Jok's imperative command, I was holding my Blastor pointing ahead of me; for as I blundered full upon the monstrosity it upheaved its ugly bulk—how I do not know, for I saw no legs nor did it have wings—to one edge and would have flopped down upon me, but instinctively I slid forward the catch on the tiny Blastor, and the foul thing vanished—save for a few fragments of its edges—smitten into nothingness by the vibration hurled forth from that powerful little disintegrator.
1938 H. Kuttner in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 26/2 Blast out the lakes and canals—whittle down the peaks and mounds with atomic blasters—file them into the shape of gigantic buildings.
1939 J. Williamson in Astounding Sci. Fiction June 138/1 One slender hand clung near a singular jewel, like a great white snow crystal, that hung from her throat. And the other, with a practiced and familiar grip, held a barytron blaster of the newest legion design. An unwilling little glisten had come into the violet eyes. Her blond head flung angrily. She caught her breath, and lifted the barytron blaster. Its bright tube pointed straight between his shoulders. He would never even know.
1941 Astounding Sci. Fiction June 68/2 He reached casually into his pocket and pulled out a blued-steel automatic blaster.
1945 ‘M. Leinster’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction June 110/1 You might bring a blaster, but what we'll mostly need is light, I think.
1945 ‘M. Leinster’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 11/1 ‘Thank God for the blasters!’ The blasters are those beams of ravening destruction which take care of recalcitrant meteorites in a spaceship's course when the deflectors can't handle them.
1948 A. E. van Vogt Monster in T. Shippey Oxf. Bk. Sci. Fiction (1992) 163 When the blasters ceased their effort, the unkillable thing remained standing.
1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy—Foundation ii.ii.43 Hardin returned the compliment with a blaster specifically borrowed for the occasion.
1953 A. Norton Star Rangers Prologue10 They had beaten off the Greenies' rush after the ship's nose blaster had gone dead on them.
1983 I. Asimov Robbie in Complete Robot (1995) 167 Pirates were giving chase and the ship's blasters were coming into play.
1984 M. Bradley World Wreckers 12 The younger man surrendered the blaster.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible iv.76 He backed away from her‥waving his blaster at the others to break their fixation.
1985 M. Larson Pawns & Symbols i.8 Kang stood and deliberately removed his blaster, placing it in the drawer and thumbing the lock.
1993 I. Asimov Forward Foundation 191 A blaster, despite its name, does not “blast” in the proper sense of the term. It vaporizes and blows out an interior and—if anything—causes an implosion.
2000 White Dwarf May 30/1 More recent interpretations from the designers limit Death or Glory attempts to models actually struck by the tank, so placement within your unit of that blaster or meltagun is important!
2001 Sci. Fiction Chron. July 23/2 A collection for thoughtful readers who want more than blazing blasters in their SF.