Blaze (bl&amac;z), n. [OE. blase, AS. blaese, 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.]


A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame.

"To heaven the blaze uprolled."



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.


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

"Fierce blaze of riot." "His blaze of wrath."


For what is glory but the blaze of fame? Milton.

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

A white spot on the forehead of a horse.


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.

⇒ 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.


Syn. -- 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.


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


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


To send forth or reflect glowing or brilliant light; to show a blaze.

And far and wide the icy summit blazed. Wordsworth.


To be resplendent.


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.]


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Blaze, v. t.


To mark (a tree) by chipping off a piece of the bark.

I found my way by the blazed trees. Hoffman.


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.


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


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.

To blazon.




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