The blaze of a housefire.
- The definition of a blaze is an outburst of fire, flames or emotion.
An example of a blaze is a large campfire.
- Blaze means to burn or shine.
An example of to blaze is to burn down a tree.
- a brilliant mass or burst of flame; strongly burning fire
- any very bright, often hot, light or glare: the blaze of searchlights
- a sudden, spectacular occurrence; showy outburst: a blaze of oratory
- a brightness; vivid display; flash
- hell: a euphemism, esp. in such phrases as go to blazes! and what the blazes?
Origin of blazeMiddle English blase ; from Old English blæse, blase, a torch, flame ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhles-, shine ; from base an unverified form bhel-: see black
- to burn rapidly or brightly; flame
- to give off a strong, vivid light; shine very brightly; glare
- to be deeply stirred or excited, as with anger
- to fire a gun rapidly a number of times
- to speak heatedly
- a light-colored spot on an animal's face
- ⌂ a mark made on a tree, as by cutting off a piece of bark, esp. one made on each of a series of trees to mark a trail
Origin of blaze; from Old Norse blesi: for Indo-European base see blaze
blaze a way⌂
Origin of blazeMiddle English blasen, to blow ; from Old English or Old Norse form akin to German ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhl?- ; from base an unverified form bhel-, to swell, blow up from source ball; influenced, influence by blazon
transitive verbblazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
Origin of blazeMiddle English blasen, from Middle Dutch bl&amacron;sen, to blow up, swell; see bhl&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
- A white or light-colored spot or stripe on the face of an animal, such as a horse.
- A mark to indicate a trail, usually painted on or cut into a tree.
transitive verbblazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
- a. To mark (a tree) with a blaze.b. To indicate (a trail) by making blazes.
- To prepare or lead (the way in an endeavor): blazed the way in space exploration.
Origin of blazeOf Germanic origin; akin to blaze1.
top: on a horse's face
bottom: along the Tour du
Cézallier walking trails
Puy-de-Dôme region, France
- a. A brilliant burst of fire; a flame.b. A destructive fire.
- A bright or steady light or glare: the blaze of the desert sun.
- A brilliant, striking display: flowers that were a blaze of color.
- A sudden outburst, as of emotion: a blaze of anger.
- blazes Used as an intensive: Where in blazes are my keys?
verbblazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
- To burn with a bright flame.
- To shine brightly.
- To be resplendent: a garden blazing with flowers.
- To flare up suddenly: My neighbor's temper blazed.
- To shoot rapidly and continuously: Machine guns blazed.
Origin of blazeMiddle English blase, from Old English blæse; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.
- Intense, direct light accompanied with heat.
- to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun
- The white or lighter-coloured markings on a horse's face.
- The palomino had a white blaze on its face.
- A high-visibility orange colour, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing.
- A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst.
- A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.
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”).
(third-person singular simple present blazes, present participle blazing, simple past and past participle blazed)
- (intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light.
- The campfire blazed merrily.
- (intransitive) To shine like a flame.
- To make a thing shine like a flame.
- 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.
- I like to blaze; let's go blaze; we blazed last night; he blazes every day
- Or less commonly, in the present progressive:
- he is blazing right now
From Middle English blasen, from Middle English blase (“torch”). See above.