- burning brightly and with great heat, force, etc.
- of tremendous intensity or fervor: a performance of blazing ferocity.
Origin of blazing
- 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 blazing
Normality, domesticity, ease, in the blazing Arizona desert.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
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As part of the writing team on Blazing Saddles, he gave its parody of the Western a sharper political edge.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
But the windows in the blazing sunshine were dressed in dark winter clothes which made the town seem even more out of synch.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
MacFarlane clearly did not make the same gambles Brooks did when he came out with Blazing Saddles.Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Is Yet Another Failed Spoof
May 29, 2014
In a half-circle around a blazing campfire, the women shake rattles in creepy unison.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
But was it not a little hard upon me, to be kept from blazing on a Sunday?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
There is a coolness amid all the heat, a mildness in the blazing noon.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Her eyes were blazing with an anger the more fierce in that some of it was reaction.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The day was blazing hot, and there was n't a cloud to be seen.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
This was on the evening before, while they sat by the blazing fire in the cabin.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
- 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 blazing
late 14c., "shining," also "vehement," present participle adjective from blaze (v.1). As a mild or euphemistic epithet, attested from 1888 (no doubt connected with the blazes in colloquial sense of "Hell").
"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).
Idioms and Phrases with blazing
In addition to the idiom beginning with blaze
- blaze a trail
- hot as blazes
- like greased lightning (blazes)