- a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth.
- a bright, hot gleam or glow: the blaze of day.
- a sparkling brightness: a blaze of jewels.
- a sudden, intense outburst, as of fire, passion, or fury: to unleash a blaze of pent-up emotions; a blaze of glory.
- blazes, Informal. hell: Go to blazes!
- to burn brightly (sometimes followed by away, up, forth): The bonfire blazed away for hours. The dry wood blazed up at the touch of a match.
- to shine like flame (sometimes followed by forth): Their faces blazed with enthusiasm.
- to burn with intense feeling or passion (sometimes followed by up): He blazed up at the insult.
- to shoot steadily or continuously (usually followed by away): The contestants blazed away at the clay pigeons.
- to be brilliantly conspicuous.
Origin of blaze1
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- a spot or mark made on a tree, as by painting or notching or by chipping away a piece of the bark, to indicate a trail or boundary.
- a white area down the center of the face of a horse, cow, etc.
- to mark with blazes: to blaze a trail.
- to lead in forming or finding (a new method, course, etc.): His research in rocketry blazed the way for space travel.
Origin of blaze2
- to make known; proclaim; publish: Headlines blazed the shocking news.
- Obsolete. to blow, as from a trumpet.
Origin of blaze3
Examples from the Web for blaze
A Molotov cocktail tumbled in an arc overhead and erupted briefly in a blaze.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
The blaze was deemed suspicious enough to warrant an investigation.The Loser Who Wanted to Be the ISIS Agent Next Door
September 18, 2014
They began assisting whomever they could and made plans to fight this blaze on high.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
Pasto is almost 8,300 feet up in the mountains, so it was cold and crisp, with a blaze of stars across the sky.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
Watch what happens at the scene of a blaze when a radio call of “Mayday!”Why the White Americans Got the ‘Secret’ Ebola Serum
August 8, 2014
When she woke it was to a blaze of sunlight, but caught in the net of her closed curtains.Weighed and Wanting
Dry and worm-eaten, a spark upon them became a smoulder, and a smoulder a blaze.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Yates gathered some fuel, and managed to coax the dying embers into a blaze.In the Midst of Alarms
The flash of orange, the blaze of red, the gleam of green, were what she needed.Her Father's Daughter
Every once in a while women threw armfuls of fuel on the blaze.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- a strong fire or flame
- a very bright light or glare
- an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
- brilliance; brightness
- to burn fiercely
- to shine brightly
- (often foll by up) to become stirred, as with anger or excitement
- (usually foll by away) to shoot continuously
- a mark, usually indicating a path, made on a tree, esp by chipping off the bark
- a light-coloured marking on the face of a domestic animal, esp a horse
- to indicate or mark (a tree, path, etc) with a blaze
- blaze a trail to explore new territories, areas of knowledge, etc, in such a way that others can follow
- (tr often foll by abroad) to make widely known; proclaim
Word Origin and History for blaze
"bright flame, fire," Old English blæse "a torch, flame, firebrand, lamp," from Proto-Germanic *blas- "shining, white" (cf. Old Saxon blas "white, whitish," Middle High German blas "bald," originally "white, shining," Old High German blas-ros "horse with a white spot," Middle Dutch and Dutch bles, German Blesse "white spot," blass "pale, whitish"), from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
"light-colored mark or spot," 1630s, northern English dialect, probably from Old Norse blesi "white spot on a horse's face" (from the same root as blaze (n.1)). A Low German cognate of the Norse word also has been suggested as the source. Applied 1660s in American English to marks cut on tree trunks to indicate a track; thus the verb meaning "to mark a trail;" first recorded 1750, American English. Related: Blazed; blazing.
"make public" (often in a bad sense, boastfully), late 14c., perhaps from Middle Dutch blasen "to blow" (on a trumpet), from Proto-Germanic *blaes-an (cf. German blasen, Gothic -blesan), from PIE *bhle-, variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
"to burn brightly or vigorously," c.1200, from blaze (n.1). Related: Blazed; blazing.
"to mark" (a tree, a trail), 1750, American English; see blaze (n.2).