Blaze definition

blāz
A brilliant burst of fire; a flame.
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To shoot rapidly and continuously.

Machine guns blazed.

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A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.
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(slang) To smoke marijuana.
  • Or less commonly, in the present progressive.

I like to blaze; let's go blaze; we blazed last night; he blazes every day.

He is blazing right now.

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A brilliant, striking display.

Flowers that were a blaze of color.

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Used as an intensive.

Where in blazes are my keys?

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A sudden outburst, as of emotion.

A blaze of anger.

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To be resplendent.

A garden blazing with flowers.

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To flare up suddenly.

My neighbor's temper blazed.

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To shine or be resplendent with.

Eyes that blazed hatred.

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A sudden, spectacular occurrence; showy outburst.

A blaze of oratory.

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A brightness; vivid display; flash.
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Hell.
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Blaze means to burn or shine.

An example of to blaze is to burn down a tree.

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The definition of a blaze is an outburst of fire, flames or emotion.

An example of a blaze is a large campfire.

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A destructive fire.
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To burn with a bright flame.
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To shine brightly.
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A white or light-colored spot or stripe on the face of an animal, such as a horse.
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A mark to indicate a trail, usually painted on or cut into a tree.
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To prepare or lead (the way in an endeavor).

Blazed the way in space exploration.

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To mark (a tree) with a blaze.
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To indicate (a trail) by making blazes.
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To make known publicly; proclaim.

Headlines blazed the news.

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A brilliant mass or burst of flame; strongly burning fire.
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Any very bright, often hot, light or glare.

The blaze of searchlights.

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To burn rapidly or brightly; flame.
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To give off a strong, vivid light; shine very brightly; glare.
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To be deeply stirred or excited, as with anger.
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(rare) To cause to blaze.
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A light-colored spot on an animal's face.
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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.
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To mark (a tree) with a blaze or (a trail) with blazes.
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To make known publicly; spread the news of; proclaim.
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A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.
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Intense, direct light accompanied with heat.

To seek shelter from the blaze of the sun.

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The white or lighter-coloured markings on a horse's face.

The palomino had a white blaze on its face.

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A high-visibility orange colour, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing.
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A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst.
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(intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light.

The campfire blazed merrily.

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(intransitive) To shine like a flame.
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To make a thing shine like a flame.
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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.

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A bright or steady light or glare.

The blaze of the desert sun.

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blaze away
  • to fire a gun rapidly a number of times
  • to speak heatedly
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blaze a way
  • to pioneer, set a direction or course, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
blaze
Plural:
blazes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

blaze a way

Origin of blaze

  • Middle English blasen from Middle Dutch blāsen to blow up, swell bhlē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English blase from Old English blæse bhel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Of Germanic origin akin to blaze

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary