blaze

1
[ bleyz ]
/ bleɪz /

noun

verb (used without object), blazed, blaz·ing.

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Origin of blaze

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English blase torch, flame; cognate with Middle High German blas torch

Definition for blaze (2 of 3)

blaze2
[ bleyz ]
/ bleɪz /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), blazed, blaz·ing.

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 blaze

2
1655–65; akin to Old Norse blesi, Dutch bles, German Blässe white mark on a beast's face, and to German blass pale

Definition for blaze (3 of 3)

blaze3
[ bleyz ]
/ bleɪz /

verb (used with object), blazed, blaz·ing.

to make known; proclaim; publish: Headlines blazed the shocking news.
Obsolete. to blow, as from a trumpet.

Origin of blaze

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1350–1400; Middle English blasen < Middle Dutch; cognate with Old Norse blāsa to blow. See blast
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British Dictionary definitions for blaze (1 of 3)

blaze1
/ (bleɪz) /

noun

verb (intr)

See also blazes

Word Origin for blaze

Old English blæse

British Dictionary definitions for blaze (2 of 3)

blaze2
/ (bleɪz) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for blaze

C17: probably from Middle Low German bles white marking; compare blemish

British Dictionary definitions for blaze (3 of 3)

blaze3
/ (bleɪz) /

verb

(tr often foll by abroad) to make widely known; proclaim

Word Origin for blaze

C14: from Middle Dutch blāsen, from Old High German blāsan; related to Old Norse blāsa
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Idioms and Phrases with blaze

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