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What does blaze mean?
A blaze is a bright flame or large fire, characterized as being very bright or burning very hot.
Related to this, a blaze is also anything that is exceptionally bright, colorful, passionate, intense, or sudden, such as a jewel.
Also related to this, to blaze means to burn brightly or hotly or to shine like a flame.
A blaze is also a spot or mark on a tree used to indicate the direction of a trail. To blaze a trail is to mark trees or other landmarks, like rocks, with a blaze. Figuratively, if you blaze a trail, you are finding a new way.
To blaze is also to make known or publish, as in The newspaper blazed the result of the trial on the front page.
Example: The house was in a blaze by the time the firefighters arrived but everyone got out safely.
Where does blaze come from?
The first records of the fire blaze come from before the 1000s. It ultimately comes from the Old English blase, meaning “torch, lamp.” The first records of the trail blaze come from the 1630s, related to the Old Norse blesi meaning “white mark on a beast’s face.” And the first records of “make known” blasé come from the 1300s, from the Middle Dutch blasen, meaning “to blow (a horn).”
You might hear some phrases that use blaze. For example, blaze forth or trailblaze means to figuratively forge a path, as you would when marking a trail in the woods. Blazes is a synonym for hell, playing off the image of hell being made up of fire and brimstone. This meaning can be seen in the exclamation oh blazes, meaning “oh hell.” Finally, blaze can be used as a slang term meaning “to smoke cannabis.”
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How is blaze used in real life?
Blaze is a common word with several unrelated meanings. The most common usage relates to fire and light.
This love is a blaze , i saw flames
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) May 21, 2014
Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016
BREAKING: Paris firefighters say that blaze at Notre Dame cathedral is fully extinguished.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 16, 2019
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How to use blaze in a sentence
The Cuyahoga first caught on fire in 1868 and would burn 11 more times until the blaze on June 22, 1969.
Here’s how these aerial operations work, and what it’s like battling blazes from the air.How aerial firefighters battle blazes from the skies|Rob Verger|August 27, 2020|Popular-Science
The blazes quickly ripped through hundreds of thousands of acres, forcing thousands to evacuate, filling the skies with smoke, and raining down ash across much of the region.Yes, climate change is almost certainly fueling California’s massive fires|James Temple|August 20, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A tornado of fire blazed before settling into a spinning blue flame several centimeters tall.Four types of flames join forces to make this eerie ‘blue whirl’|Emily Conover|August 12, 2020|Science News
We’re blazing our own path, and creating opportunities that weren’t there before.
On Christmas Day, sometime after dark, a hideous fire overtook the venue: 100 firefighters, 33 fire trucks, a four-alarm blaze.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Molotov cocktail tumbled in an arc overhead and erupted briefly in a blaze.
The blaze was deemed suspicious enough to warrant an investigation.The Loser Who Wanted to Be the ISIS Agent Next Door|Michael Daly|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They began assisting whomever they could and made plans to fight this blaze on high.
Pasto is almost 8,300 feet up in the mountains, so it was cold and crisp, with a blaze of stars across the sky.
She got up and stood in front of the fire, having her hand on the chimney-piece and looking down at the blaze.Confidence|Henry James
She waited for the material pictures which she thought would gather and blaze before her imagination.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Through these flues were forced currents of hot air from a blaze in a large fireplace at one end of the house.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Hard up as we are for shell he thinks it best to blaze it away freely before closing and to trust our bayonets when we get in.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
There was a fire burning in the general-room of the hostelry, and Garnache went to warm him at its cheerful blaze.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for blaze (1 of 3)
Word Origin for blaze
British Dictionary definitions for blaze (2 of 3)
Word Origin for blaze
British Dictionary definitions for blaze (3 of 3)
Word Origin for blaze
Other Idioms and Phrases with blaze
In addition to the idiom beginning with blaze
- blaze a trail
- hot as blazes
- like greased lightning (blazes)