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Meaning of blaze by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -eɪz

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English blase, from Old English blæse ( “firebrand, torch, lamp, flame” ), from Proto-Germanic *blasōn ( “torch” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- ( “to shine, be white” ). Cognate with Low German blas ( “burning candle, torch, fire” ), Middle High German blas ( “candle, torch, flame” ). Compare Dutch bles ( “blaze” ), German Blesse ( “blaze” ), Swedish bläs ( “blaze” ) .


    blaze ( plural: blazes )

    1. A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light .
    2. The lighter coloured ( normally white ) markings on a horse's face .
      The palomino had a white blaze on its face .
    3. A high-visibility orange colour with a Hex value of FF6600 and RGB of 255,102,0, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English blasen, from Middle English blase ( “torch” ). See above .


    blaze ( third-person singular simple present blazes present participle blazing, simple past and past participle blazed )

    1. ( intransitive ) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light .
      The campfire blazed merrily .
    2. ( intransitive ) To shine like a flame .
    3. ( transitive ) To make a thing shine like a flame .
    4. ( transitive ) To mark or cut ( a route, especially through vegetation ), or figuratively, to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge .
      The guide blazed his way through the undergrowth .
      Darwin blazed a path for the rest of us .
    5. ( slang ) To smoke marijuana.
    Related terms
    • ablaze

Explanation of blaze by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. indicate by marking trees with blazes

    2. blaze a trail
    3. shoot rapidly and repeatedly

    4. He blazed away at the men
    5. move rapidly and as if blazing

    6. The spaceship blazed out into space
    7. burn brightly and intensely

    8. The summer sun alone can cause a pine to blaze
    9. shine brightly and intensively

    10. Meteors blazed across the atmosphere
    1. noisy and unrestrained mischief

    2. raising blazes
    3. a light-colored marking

    4. they chipped off bark to mark the trail with blazes
      the horse had a blaze between its eyes
    5. a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted

    6. a cause of difficulty and suffering

    7. go to blazes
    8. a strong flame that burns brightly

    9. the blaze spread rapidly

    Definition of blaze by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Blaze ( blāz ), n. [OE. blase, AS. blæse, blase; akin to OHG. blass whitish, G. blass pale, MHG. blas torch, Icel. blys torch; perh. fr. the same root as E. blast. Cf. Blast, Blush, Blink.]
      1. A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame. “To heaven the blaze uprolled.” Croly.

      2. Intense, direct light accompanied with heat; as, “to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun”.

      O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon! Milton.

      3. A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst; a brilliant display. “Fierce blaze of riot.” “His blaze of wrath.” Shak.

      For what is glory but the blaze of fame? Milton.

      4. [Cf. D. bles; akin to E. blaze light.] A white spot on the forehead of a horse.

      5. A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.

      Three blazes in a perpendicular line on the same tree indicating a legislative road, the single blaze a settlement or neighborhood road. Carlton.

      In a blaze, on fire; burning with a flame; filled with, giving, or reflecting light; excited or exasperated. -- Like blazes, furiously; rapidly. [Low] “The horses did along like blazes tear.” Poem in Essex dialect.

      ☞ In low language in the U. S., blazes is frequently used of something extreme or excessive, especially of something very bad; as, blue as blazes. Neal.

      Syn. -- Blaze, Flame. A blaze and a flame are both produced by burning gas. In blaze the idea of light rapidly evolved is prominent, with or without heat; as, the blaze of the sun or of a meteor. Flame includes a stronger notion of heat; as, he perished in the flames.

    2. Blaze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Blazed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Blazing.]
      1. To shine with flame; to glow with flame; as, “the fire blazes”.

      2. To send forth or reflect glowing or brilliant light; to show a blaze.

      And far and wide the icy summit blazed. Wordsworth.

      3. To be resplendent. Macaulay.

      To blaze away, to discharge a firearm, or to continue firing; -- said esp. of a number of persons, as a line of soldiers. Also used ( fig. ) of speech or action. [Colloq.]

    3. Blaze, v. t.
      1. To mark ( a tree ) by chipping off a piece of the bark.

      I found my way by the blazed trees. Hoffman.

      2. To designate by blazing; to mark out, as by blazed trees; as, “to blaze a line or path”.

      Champollion died in 1832, having done little more than blaze out the road to be traveled by others. Nott.

    4. Blaze, v. t. [OE. blasen to blow; perh. confused with blast and blaze a flame, OE. blase. Cf. Blaze, v. i., and see Blast.]
      1. To make public far and wide; to make known; to render conspicuous.

      On charitable lists he blazed his name. Pollok.

      To blaze those virtues which the good would hide. Pope.

      2. ( Her. ) To blazon. [Obs.] Peacham.