- Rhymes: -eɪz
- A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light .
- The lighter coloured ( normally white ) markings on a horse's face .
- 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 .
- ( intransitive ) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light .
- ( intransitive ) To shine like a flame .
- ( transitive ) To make a thing shine like a flame .
- ( transitive ) To mark or cut ( a route, especially through vegetation ), or figuratively, to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge .
- ( slang ) To smoke marijuana.
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 )
From Middle English blasen, from Middle English blase ( “torch” ). See above .
Explanation of blaze by Wordnet Dictionary
- blaze a trail
- The spaceship blazed out into space
- raising blazes
- go to blazes
- 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.
- 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.]
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of blaze by GCIDE Dictionary