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blaze1

[bleyz] /bleɪz/
noun
1.
a bright flame or fire:
the welcome blaze of the hearth.
2.
a bright, hot gleam or glow:
the blaze of day.
3.
a sparkling brightness:
a blaze of jewels.
4.
a sudden, intense outburst, as of fire, passion, or fury:
to unleash a blaze of pent-up emotions; a blaze of glory.
5.
blazes, Informal. hell:
Go to blazes!
verb (used without object), blazed, blazing.
6.
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.
7.
to shine like flame (sometimes followed by forth):
Their faces blazed with enthusiasm.
8.
to burn with intense feeling or passion (sometimes followed by up):
He blazed up at the insult.
9.
to shoot steadily or continuously (usually followed by away):
The contestants blazed away at the clay pigeons.
10.
to be brilliantly conspicuous.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English blase torch, flame; cognate with Middle High German blas torch
Synonyms
1. See flame.
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British Dictionary definitions for blaze away

blaze1

/bleɪz/
noun
1.
a strong fire or flame
2.
a very bright light or glare
3.
an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
4.
brilliance; brightness
verb (intransitive)
5.
to burn fiercely
6.
to shine brightly
7.
(often foll by up) to become stirred, as with anger or excitement
8.
(usually foll by away) to shoot continuously
See also blazes
Word Origin
Old English blæse

blaze2

/bleɪz/
noun
1.
a mark, usually indicating a path, made on a tree, esp by chipping off the bark
2.
a light-coloured marking on the face of a domestic animal, esp a horse
verb (transitive)
3.
to indicate or mark (a tree, path, etc) with a blaze
4.
blaze a trail, to explore new territories, areas of knowledge, etc, in such a way that others can follow
Word Origin
C17: probably from Middle Low German bles white marking; compare blemish

blaze3

/bleɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by abroad. to make widely known; proclaim
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch blāsen, from Old High German blāsan; related to Old Norse blāsa
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Word Origin and History for blaze away
blaze
"flame, fire," O.E. blæse "a torch, flame, firebrand, lamp," from P.Gmc. *blas- "shining, white" (cf. O.S. blas "white, whitish," M.H.G. blas "bald," originally "white, shining," O.H.G. blas-ros "horse with a white spot," M.Du., Du. bles, Ger. Blesse "white spot"), from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach). The verb is early 13c.
blaze
"light-colored mark or spot," 1630s, northern Eng. dialect, probably from O.N. blesi "white spot on a horse's face" (from the same root as blaze (1)). A Low Ger. cognate of the O.N. word also has been suggested as the source. Applied 1660s in Amer.Eng. to marks cut on tree trunks to indicate a track; thus the verb meaning "to mark a trail;" first recorded 1750, Amer.Eng.
blaze
"make public" (often in a bad sense, boastfully), late 14c., from M.Du. blasen "to blow" (on a trumpet), from P.Gmc. *blaes-an, from PIE *bhle-, var. of base *bhel- "to swell, blow up" (see bole).
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Slang definitions & phrases for blaze away

blaze away

verb phrase

To shoot at, either literally or figuratively: The cops blazed away at the villains/ The candidates blazed away on television and radio (1770s+)


blaze

verb
  1. To speed; rush; barrel: She blazed around in it like Chuck Yeager, but it scared me half to death (1980s+)
  2. To leave; book, split (1980s+ Teenagers)
  3. To set alight, esp a marijuana cigarette
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