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

  • n. The flat cutting part of a sharpened weapon or tool.
  • n. A sword.
  • n. A swordsman.
  • n. Archaeology A slender, sharp-edged flake that is at least twice as long as it is wide.
  • n. A dashing youth.
  • n. A flat thin part or section, especially one that makes contact to perform a desired action: the blade of an oar; the blade of a hockey stick.
  • n. An arm of a rotating mechanism: the blade of a propeller; the blade of food processor.
  • n. A long, thin, often curved piece, as of metal or rubber, used for plowing, clearing, or wiping.
  • n. The metal runner of an ice skate.
  • n. A wide flat bone or bony part.
  • n. The flat upper surface of the tongue just behind the tip.
  • n. Botany The expanded part of a leaf or petal.
  • n. Botany The leaf of grasses or similar plants.
  • intransitive v. To skate on in-line skates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sharp cutting edge of a knife, chisel, or other tool, a razor blade.
  • n. The flat functional end of a propeller, oar, hockey stick, screwdriver, skate, etc.
  • n. The narrow leaf of a grass or cereal.
  • n. The thin, flat part of a plant leaf, attached to a stem (petiole). The lamina.
  • n. A flat bone, especially the shoulder blade.
  • n. A cut of beef from near the shoulder blade (part of the chuck).
  • n. The flat part of the tongue.
  • n. A sword or knife.
  • n. A piece of prepared, sharp-edged stone, often flint, at least twice as long as it is wide; a long flake of ground-edge stone or knapped vitreous stone.
  • n. A throw characterized by a tight parabolic trajectory due to a steep lateral attitude.
  • n. The rudder, daggerboard, or centerboard of a vessel.
  • n. A bulldozer or surface-grading machine with mechanically adjustable blade that is nominally perpendicular to the forward motion of the vehicle.
  • n. A dashing young man.
  • n. A homosexual, usually male.
  • n. Thin plate, foil.
  • v. To skate on rollerblades.
  • v. To put forth or have a blade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Properly, the leaf, or flat part of the leaf, of any plant, especially of gramineous plants. The term is sometimes applied to the spire of grasses.
  • n. The cutting part of an instrument.
  • n. The broad part of an oar; also, one of the projecting arms of a screw propeller.
  • n. The scapula or shoulder blade.
  • n. The principal rafters of a roof.
  • n. The four large shell plates on the sides, and the five large ones of the middle, of the carapace of the sea turtle, which yield the best tortoise shell.
  • n. A sharp-witted, dashing, wild, or reckless, fellow; -- a word of somewhat indefinite meaning.
  • n. The flat part of the tongue immediately behind the tip, or point.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a blade.
  • intransitive v. To put forth or have a blade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The leaf of a plant, particularly (now perhaps exclusively) of gramineous plants; also, the young stalk or spire of gramineous plants.
  • n. Tn botany, the lamina or broad part of a leaf, petal, sepal, etc., as distinguished from the petiole or footstalk. See cut under leaf.
  • n. Anything resembling a blade.
  • n. A dashing or rollicking fellow; a swaggerer; a rakish fellow; strictly, perhaps, one who is sharp and wide awake: as, “jolly blades,”
  • n. One of the principal rafters of a roof.
  • To take off the blades of (herbs).
  • To furnish with a blade; fit a blade to.
  • To come into blade; produce blades.
  • n. That part of an iron head of a golf-club which forms the face or striking-surface.
  • n. The broad part of a cricket-bat.
  • n. A swords-man.

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

  • n. flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
  • n. especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole
  • n. a cut of beef from the shoulder blade
  • n. a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue)
  • n. a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
  • n. the part of the skate that slides on the ice
  • n. something long and thin resembling a blade of grass
  • n. a dashing young man
  • n. the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English blæd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English blæd ("leaf"), from Proto-Germanic *bladan, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlh̥₃oto (compare Irish bláth ("flower"), Tocharian A pält, Tocharian B pilta ("leaf"), Albanian fletë ("leaf")), from *bʰleh₃- (“to thrive, bloom”). Similar usage in Sägeblatt ("saw leaf"), the German term for a saw blade. More at blow. (Wiktionary)

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