blaze

1 [bleyz]
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:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English blase torch, flame; cognate with Middle High German blas torch


1. See flame.
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blaze

2 [bleyz]
noun
1.
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.
2.
a white area down the center of the face of a horse, cow, etc.
verb (used with object), blazed, blazing.
3.
to mark with blazes: to blaze a trail.
4.
to lead in forming or finding (a new method, course, etc.): His research in rocketry blazed the way for space travel.

Origin:
1655–65; akin to Old Norse blesi, Dutch bles, German Blässe white mark on a beast's face, and to German blass pale

blaze

3 [bleyz]
verb (used with object), blazed, blazing.
1.
to make known; proclaim; publish: Headlines blazed the shocking news.
2.
Obsolete. to blow, as from a trumpet.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English blasen < Middle Dutch; cognate with Old Norse blāsa to blow. See blast

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blaze1 (bleɪz)
 
n
1.  a strong fire or flame
2.  a very bright light or glare
3.  an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
4.  brilliance; brightness
 
vb
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
 
[Old English blæse]

blaze2 (bleɪz)
 
n
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
 
vb
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
 
[C17: probably from Middle Low German bles white marking; compare blemish]

blaze3 (bleɪz)
 
vb (often foll by abroad)
to make widely known; proclaim
 
[C14: from Middle Dutch blāsen, from Old High German blāsan; related to Old Norse blāsa]

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Word Origin & History

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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BLAZE definition


A single assignment language for parallel processing.
["The BLAZE Language: A Parallel Language for Scientific Programming", P. Mehrotra et al, J Parallel Comp 5(3):339-361 (Nov 1987)].

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Idioms & Phrases

blaze

In addition to the idiom beginning with blaze, also see hot as blazes; like greased lightning (blazes).

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Example sentences
The next thing he knew was a blaze of white magnesium light, and a huge ball of
  fire.
The blaze reportedly began after two prisoners in a fight set fire to their
  mattresses.
The park closed for several weeks as firefighters struggled against the blaze.
Everyone thought he'd go out in a blaze of glory attempting some impossible
  feat.
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