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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bless v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blessed or Blest; p. pr. & vb. n. Blessing.]
 1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate
    And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.   --Gen. ii. 3.
 2. To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to.
 The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest;
 It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.   --Shak.
    It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee.   --1 Chron. xvii. 27 (R. V. )
 3. To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons.
    Bless them which persecute you.   --Rom. xii. 14.
 4. To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food.
    Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them.   --Luke ix. 16.
 5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self). [Archaic]
 6. To guard; to keep; to protect. [Obs.]
 7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.   --Ps. ciii. 1.
 8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.
    The nations shall bless themselves in him.   --Jer. iv. 3.
 9. To wave; to brandish. [Obs.]
    And burning blades about their heads do bless.   --Spenser.
    Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest.   --Fairfax.
 Note:This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson, Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all parts of it. “In drawing [their bow] some fetch such a compass as though they would turn about and bless all the field.”
 Bless me! Bless us! an exclamation of surprise. --Milton.
 To bless from, to secure, defend, or preserve from. Bless me from marrying a usurer.”  --Shak.
    To bless the doors from nightly harm.   --Milton.
 -- To bless with, To be blessed with, to favor or endow with; to be favored or endowed with; as, God blesses us with health; we are blessed with happiness.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bless·ing, n.
 1. The act of one who blesses.
 2. A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces.
    This is the blessing, where with Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel.   --Deut. xxxiii. 1.
 3. A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and welfare; a beneficent gift.
    Nature's full blessings would be well dispensed.   --Milton.
 4. Bib. A gift. [A Hebraism]
 5. Grateful praise or worship.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the formal act of giving approval; "he gave the project his
           blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any
           sensible person" [syn: approval, approving] [ant: disapproval]
      2: a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a
         spanking breeze is a boon to sailors" [syn: boon]
      3: a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: grace, thanksgiving]
      4: a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection [syn: benediction]
      5: the act of praying for divine protection [syn: benediction]