hell, blaze

(noun) noisy and unrestrained mischief; “raising blazes”


(noun) a light-colored marking; “they chipped off bark to mark the trail with blazes”; “the horse had a blaze between its eyes”

glare, blaze, brilliance

(noun) a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted; “a glare of sunlight”

hell, blaze

(noun) a cause of difficulty and suffering; “war is hell”; “go to blazes”

blaze, blazing

(noun) a strong flame that burns brightly; “the blaze spread rapidly”


(verb) indicate by marking trees with blazes; “blaze a trail”

blaze, blaze out

(verb) move rapidly and as if blazing; “The spaceship blazed out into space”


(verb) burn brightly and intensely; “The summer sun alone can cause a pine to blaze”


(verb) shine brightly and intensively; “Meteors blazed across the atmosphere”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


blaze (plural blazes)

A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.

Intense, direct light accompanied with heat.

The white or lighter-coloured markings on a horse's face.

A high-visibility orange colour, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing.

A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst.

A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.

(poker) A hand consisting of five face cards.

Etymology 2


blaze (third-person singular simple present blazes, present participle blazing, simple past and past participle blazed)

(intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing bright flames.

(intransitive) To send forth or reflect a bright light; shine like a flame.

(intransitive, poetic) To be conspicuous; shine brightly a brilliancy (of talents, deeds, etc.).

(transitive, rare) To set in a blaze; burn.

(transitive) To cause to shine forth; exhibit vividly; be resplendent with.

(transitive, only in the past participle) To mark with a white spot on the face (as a horse).

(transitive) To set a mark on (as a tree, usually by cutting off a piece of its bark).

(transitive) To indicate or mark out (a trail, especially through vegetation) by a series of blazes.

(transitive, figurative) To set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge; lead by example.

(figurative) To be furiously angry; to speak or write in a rage.

(slang) To smoke marijuana.

Etymology 3


blaze (third-person singular simple present blazes, present participle blazing, simple past and past participle blazed)

(transitive) To blow, as from a trumpet

(transitive) To publish; announce publicly

(transitive) To disclose; bewray; defame

(transitive, heraldry) To blazon


blaze (plural blazes)

Publication; the act of spreading widely by report


• Elbaz


Proper noun


A male given name from Latin.

A patronymic surname.


• Elbaz

Source: Wiktionary

Blaze (blaz), n. Etym: [OE. blase, AS. blæse, blase; akin to OHG. blass whitish, G. blass pale, MHG. blas torch, Icel. blys torch; perh. fr. the same root as E. blast. Cf. Blast, Blush, Blink.]

1. A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame. "To heaven the blaze uprolled." Croly.

2. Intense, direct light accompanied with heat; as, to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun. O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon! Milton.

3. A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst; a brilliant display. "Fierce blaze of riot." "His blaze of wrath." Shak. For what is glory but the blaze of fame Milton.

4. [Cf. D. bles; akin to E. blaze light.]

Definition: A white spot on the forehead of a horse.

5. A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark. Three blazes in a perpendicular line on the same tree indicating a legislative road, the single blaze a settlement or neighborhood road. Carlton. In a blaze, on fire; burning with a flame; filled with, giving, or reflecting light; excited or exasperated.

– Like blazes, furiously; rapidly. [Low] "The horses did along like blazes tear." Poem in Essex dialect.

Note: In low language in the U. S., blazes is frequently used of something extreme or excessive, especially of something very bad; as, blue as blazes. Neal.


– Blaze, Flame. A blaze and a flame are both produced by burning gas. In blaze the idea of light rapidly evolved is prominent, with or without heat; as, the blaze of the sun or of a meteor. Flame includes a stronger notion of heat; as, he perished in the flames.

Blaze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Blazed; p. pr. & vb. n. Blazing.]

1. To shine with flame; to glow with flame; as, the fire blazes.

2. To send forth or reflect glowing or brilliant light; to show a blaze. And far and wide the icy summit blazed. Wordsworth.

3. To be resplendent. Macaulay. To blaze away, to discharge a firearm, or to continue firing; -- said esp. of a number of persons, as a line of soldiers. Also used (fig.) of speech or action. [Colloq.]

Blaze, v. t.

1. To mark (a tree) by chipping off a piece of the bark. I found my way by the blazed trees. Hoffman.

2. To designate by blazing; to mark out, as by blazed trees; as, to blaze a line or path. Champollion died in 1832, having done little more than blaze out the road to be traveled by others. Nott.

Blaze, v. t. Etym: [OE. blasen to blow; perh. confused with blast and blaze a flame, OE. blase. Cf. Blaze, v. i., and see Blast.]

1. To make public far and wide; to make known; to render conspicuous. On charitable lists he blazed his name. Pollok. To blaze those virtues which the good would hide. Pope.

2. (Her.)

Definition: To blazon. [Obs.] Peacham.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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