Etymology 1 
From Middle English blase, from Old English blæse (“firebrand, torch, lamp, flame”), from Proto-Germanic *blasōn (“torch”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to shine, be white”). Cognate with Low German blas (“burning candle, torch, fire”), Middle High German blas (“candle, torch, flame”). Compare Dutch bles (“blaze”), German Blesse (“blaze”), Swedish bläs (“blaze”).
blaze (plural blazes)
- A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.
- The lighter coloured (normally white) markings on a horse's face.
- The palomino had a white blaze on its face.
- A high-visibility orange colour with a Hex value of FF6600 and RGB of 255,102,0, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing.
Etymology 2 
- (intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light.
- The campfire blazed merrily.
- (intransitive) To shine like a flame.
- (transitive) To make a thing shine like a flame.
- (transitive) To mark or cut (a route, especially through vegetation), or figuratively, to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge.
- (slang) To smoke marijuana.
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