- 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 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 away
"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).