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blaze 1 (blāz)
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n.
1.
a. A brilliant burst of fire; a flame.
b. A destructive fire.
2. A bright or steady light or glare: the blaze of the desert sun.
3. A brilliant, striking display: flowers that were a blaze of color.
4. A sudden outburst, as of emotion: a blaze of anger.
5. blazes Used as an intensive: Where in blazes are my keys?
v. blazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
v.intr.
1. To burn with a bright flame.
2. To shine brightly.
3. To be resplendent: a garden blazing with flowers.
4. To flare up suddenly: My neighbor's temper blazed.
5. To shoot rapidly and continuously: Machine guns blazed.
v.tr.
To shine or be resplendent with: eyes that blazed hatred.

[Middle English blase, from Old English blæse; see bhel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

blazing·ly adv.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
blaze 2 (blāz)
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n.
1. A white or light-colored spot or stripe on the face of an animal, such as a horse.
2. A mark to indicate a trail, usually painted on or cut into a tree.
tr.v.blazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
1.
a. To mark (a tree) with a blaze.
b. To indicate (a trail) by making blazes.
2. To prepare or lead (the way in an endeavor):blazed the way in space exploration.

[Of Germanic origin; akin toBLAZE1.]
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top: on a horse's face
bottom: along the Tour du
Cézallier walking trails
Puy-de-Dôme region, France

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
blaze 3 (blāz)
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tr.v. blazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
To make known publicly; proclaim: Headlines blazed the news.

[Middle English blasen, from Middle Dutch blāsen, to blow up, swell; see bhlē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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