1 [bleyz]
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.

before 1000; Middle English, Old English blase torch, flame; cognate with Middle High German blas torch

1. See flame. Unabridged


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

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


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

1350–1400; Middle English blasen < Middle Dutch; cognate with Old Norse blāsa to blow. See blast Unabridged
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blaze1 (bleɪz)
1.  a strong fire or flame
2.  a very bright light or glare
3.  an outburst (of passion, acclaim, patriotism, etc)
4.  brilliance; brightness
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)
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
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]

blazes (ˈbleɪzɪz)
pl n
1.  slang a euphemistic word for hell
2.  informal (intensifier): to run like blazes; what the blazes are you doing?
3.  slang go to blazes! go to hell!

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Word Origin & History

"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.

"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.

"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).

as a euphemism for "hell," 1818, pl. of blaze (1).
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Example sentences for blazes
After several failures, the light blazes, and the ship is saved.
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