from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brilliant burst of fire; a flame.
  • n. A destructive fire.
  • n. A bright or steady light or glare: the blaze of the desert sun.
  • n. A brilliant, striking display: flowers that were a blaze of color.
  • n. A sudden outburst, as of emotion: a blaze of anger.
  • n. Used as an intensive: Where in blazes are my keys?
  • intransitive v. To burn with a bright flame.
  • intransitive v. To shine brightly.
  • intransitive v. To be resplendent: a garden blazing with flowers.
  • intransitive v. To flare up suddenly: My neighbor's temper blazed.
  • intransitive v. To shoot rapidly and continuously: Machine guns blazed.
  • transitive v. To shine or be resplendent with: eyes that blazed hatred.
  • n. A white or light-colored spot or stripe on the face of an animal, such as a horse.
  • n. A mark cut or painted on a tree to indicate a trail.
  • transitive v. To mark (a tree) with or as if with blazes.
  • transitive v. To indicate (a trail) by marking trees with blazes.
  • transitive v. To make known publicly; proclaim: Headlines blazed the news.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.
  • n. The lighter coloured (normally white) markings on a horse's face.
  • n. A high-visibility orange colour with a Hex value of FF6600 and RGB of 255,102,0, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing.
  • v. To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light.
  • v. To shine like a flame.
  • v. To make a thing shine like a flame.
  • v. To mark or cut (a route, especially through vegetation), or figuratively, to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge.
  • v. To smoke marijuana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame.
  • n. Intense, direct light accompanied with heat.
  • n. A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst; a brilliant display.
  • n. A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
  • n. A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.
  • intransitive v. To shine with flame; to glow with flame.
  • intransitive v. To send forth or reflect glowing or brilliant light; to show a blaze.
  • intransitive v. To be resplendent.
  • transitive v. To mark (a tree) by chipping off a piece of the bark.
  • transitive v. To designate by blazing; to mark out, as by blazed trees.
  • transitive v. To make public far and wide; to make known; to render conspicuous.
  • transitive v. To blazon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burst into flame; burn with a bright flame or fervent heat; flame: either literally or figuratively.
  • To send forth a bright light; shine like flame or fire: as, a blazing diamond.
  • To be conspicuous; shine brightly with the brilliancy of talents, heroic deeds, etc.
  • To go out with a fiare.
  • To break out with passion or excitement; speak or act violently.
  • To set in a blaze.
  • To temper (steel) by covering it while hot with tallow or oil, which is then burned off.
  • To cause to shine forth; exhibit vividly.
  • To blow, as from a trumpet.
  • Hence To publish; make well known; announce in a public manner.
  • To disclose; betray; defame.
  • In heraldry, to blazon. See blazon, n., 1 and 2.
  • To mark with a white spot on the face, as a horse: only in the perfect participle blazed.
  • To set a mark on, as a tree, usually by cutting off a piece of its bark, so as to show a white spot.
  • To indicate or mark out, as by cutting off pieces of the bark of a number of trees in succession: as, to blaze a path through a forest.
  • Irregular spelling of blaes, plural of blae. See blae, n.
  • n. A torch; a fire-brand.
  • n. A flame; a flaming fire; a confiagration.
  • n. Figuratively, brilliant sunlight; effulgence; brilliance: as, the blaze of day.
  • n. A sudden kindling up or bursting out, as of fire, passion, etc.; an active or violent display; wide diffusion.
  • n. In the game of poker, a hand (now seldom or never used) consisting of five court-cards, ranking between two pairs and three of a kind: so called in allusion to the blaze of color displayed.
  • n. Publication; the act of spreading widely by report.
  • n. A white spot on the face of a horse, cow, ox, etc. See cut under blesbok.
  • n. A white mark made on a tree, as by removing a piece of the bark, to indicate a boundary, or a path or trail in a forest.
  • n. A local English name of the bleak.
  • n. A pimple.
  • n. Same as brash, 4 .
  • n. In physiology, an electric current traversing normal living tissue in a positive direction when a mechanical stimulus is applied; the electric response of living tissue to stimulation. See blaze-current.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. burn brightly and intensely
  • v. indicate by marking trees with blazes
  • n. a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted
  • n. noisy and unrestrained mischief
  • n. a strong flame that burns brightly
  • n. a light-colored marking
  • n. a cause of difficulty and suffering
  • v. shine brightly and intensively
  • v. move rapidly and as if blazing
  • v. shoot rapidly and repeatedly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English blase, from Old English blæse; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
Of Germanic origin; akin to blaze1.
Middle English blasen, from Middle Dutch blāsen, to blow up, swell; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English blase, from Old English blæse ("firebrand, torch, lamp, flame"), from Proto-Germanic *blasōn (“torch”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to shine, be white”). Cognate with Low German blas ("burning candle, torch, fire"), Middle High German blas ("candle, torch, flame"). Compare Dutch bles ("blaze"), German Blesse ("blaze"), Swedish bläs ("blaze").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English blasen, from Middle English blase ("torch"). See above.



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    January 15, 2010

  • A contranym: both the act of creation ("thriving, alight") and destruction ("burning up"). Ah, the double-edge of fire.

    August 2, 2008