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.
- Intense, direct light accompanied with heat.
- to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun
- O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon!
- The white or lighter-coloured markings on a horse's face.
- The palomino had a white blaze on its 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.
- his blaze of wrath
- For what is glory but the blaze of fame?
- 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 neighbourhood road.
- (intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light.
- The campfire blazed merrily.
- (intransitive) To shine like a flame.
- William Wordsworth
- And far and wide the icy summit blazed.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, […] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
- William Wordsworth
- (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.
- I like to blaze; let's go blaze; we blazed last night; he blazes every day
- Or less commonly, in the present progressive:
- he is blazing right now