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[bleyz] /bleɪz/
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!
verb (used without object), blazed, blazing.
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
before 1000; Middle English, Old English blase torch, flame; cognate with Middle High German blas torch
1. See flame. Unabridged
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  • Hodge remembered that Gage had tried to injure Frank in the past, and the dark-eyed plebe was ready to blaze forth in an instant.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums Burt L. Standish
  • It is ready to blaze forth in its strength and to consume all within its reach.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • Sometimes, indeed, he will blaze forth flaming with passion in showers of light of the green fire.

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
  • And now a most serious question of this nature was to blaze forth in Canada.

    Count Frontenac William Dawson LeSueur
  • O great king, thou also wilt with thy kindred and relatives, so blaze forth in effulgence soon.

  • Dodo remained a moment, enjoying her defeat, waiting an overt act, ready to blaze forth.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • His tones seemed almost prophetic of the thirty years' wrath to blaze forth in the next generation.

  • She must be a Lovelace rather than a Germain till she should blaze forth as the presiding genius of the Germain family.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • That she would have wealth sufficient to blaze forth in London with all the glories of Countess-ship, there was no doubt.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • Beneath the smooth and snowy surface the fountain fires are still aglow, to blaze forth afresh at their appointed times.

    Steep Trails John Muir
British Dictionary definitions for blaze forth


a strong fire or flame
a very bright light or glare
an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
brilliance; brightness
verb (intransitive)
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
See also blazes
Word Origin
Old English blæse


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
verb (transitive)
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
Word Origin
C17: probably from Middle Low German bles white marking; compare blemish


(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 forth



"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.


"to burn brightly or vigorously," c.1200, from blaze (n.1). 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 mark" (a tree, a trail), 1750, American English; see blaze (n.2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for blaze forth



  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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