- the leaf of a plant, especially of a grass or cereal.
- the broad part of a leaf, as distinguished from the stalk or petiole.
- the foremost and most readily flexible portion of the tongue, including the tip and implying the upper and lower surfaces and edges.
- the upper surface of the tongue directly behind the tip, lying beneath the alveolar ridge when the tongue is in a resting position.
Origin of blade
Examples from the Web for blade
Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance.
The labels included a picture of a butterfly on a blade of grass.
Soon after 1pm, police were called to reports of a man with a blade in the street.London Woman Beheaded by Machete-Wielding 'Madman'|Nico Hines|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every flower, every blade of grass, every tree had to be created in CG.
I remember being worried by his view of human nature, in A Blade of Light and Hard Rain Falling.Don Carpenter Was a Novelist Both Lacerating and Forgiving|Louis B. Jones|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Langer nodded more decisively than before and plucked a second blade of grass.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
Because, for three inches of that blade in my heart, I would bless you through the eternities.The Black Douglas|S. R. Crockett
The nurture of these years is as silent as that of the dewdrop upon the blade of grass, but it is as real.The Unfolding Life|Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux
Dr. Gordon had told him that only an occasional spot on a blade will work.The Blue Ghost Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
"Everything orderly and sanitary and spick and span—not a blade of grass out of place," was Polly's comment.The Turtles of Tasman|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for blade
Word Origin for blade
Word Origin and History for blade
Old English blæd "a leaf," but also "a leaf-like part" (of spade, oar, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *bladaz (cf. Old Frisian bled "leaf," German blatt, Old Saxon, Danish, Dutch blad, Old Norse blað), from PIE *bhle-to-, suffixed form (past participle) of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Extended in Middle English to shoulders (c.1300) and swords (early 14c.). The modern use in reference to grass may be a Middle English revival, by influence of Old French bled "corn, wheat" (11c., perhaps from Germanic). The cognate in German, Blatt, is the general word for "leaf;" Laub is used collectively as "foliage." Old Norse blað was used of herbs and plants, lauf in reference to trees. This might have been the original distinction in Old English, too. Of men from 1590s; in later use often a reference to 18c. gallants, but the original exact sense, and thus signification, is uncertain.
Science definitions for blade
- The expanded part of a leaf or petal. Also called lamina See more at leaf.
- The leaf of grasses and similar plants.