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blaze1 / blāz/ • n. 1. a very large or fiercely burning fire: twenty fireman fought the blaze. ∎  a harsh bright light: a lightning flash changed the gentle illumination of the office into a sudden white blaze. ∎  [in sing.] a very bright display of light or color: the gardens in summer are a blaze of color. ∎  [in sing.] fig. a conspicuous display or outburst of something: their relationship broke up in a blaze of publicity. 2. (blazes) inf. used in various expressions of anger, bewilderment, or surprise as a euphemism for “hell”: what in blue blazes are you all talking about? • v. [intr.] 1. burn fiercely or brightly: the fire blazed merrily. ∎  shine brightly or powerfully: the sun blazed down fig. Barbara's eyes were blazing with anger. 2. (of a gun or a person firing a gun) fire repeatedly or indiscriminately: two terrorists burst into the house with guns blazing. 3. inf. achieve something in an impressive manner: she blazed to a gold medal in the 200-meter sprint. PHRASES: like blazes inf. very fast or forcefully: I ran like blazes toward home. blaze2 • n. 1. a white spot or stripe on the face of a mammal or bird. ∎  a broad white stripe running the length of a horse's face. 2. a mark made on a tree by cutting the bark so as to mark a route. • v. (blaze a trail) mark out a path or route. ∎ fig. set an example by being the first to do something; pioneer: small firms would set the pace, blazing a trail for others to follow. blaze3 • v. [tr.] (of a newspaper) present or proclaim (news) in a prominent, typically sensational, manner.

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blaze1 †torch; bright flame or fire. OE. blæse, blase :- Gmc. blasōn; rel., through the gen. sense ‘shining’, to BLAZE2.
Hence blaze vb. XIII. blazer thing that blazes or shines bright XVII; brightcoloured jacket for sports wear XIX; see -ER1.

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blaze3 †blow (a trumpet, etc.) XIV; proclaim, publish XV. — MLG., MDu. blāzen blow = OHG. blāsan (G. blasen), ON. blása, Goth. -blēsan :- Gmc. *blǣsan (cf. BLAST), extension of *blǣ-; see BLOW1.

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blaze2 white spot. XVII. of uncert. orig., but identical in meaning with ON. blesi, MDu. blesse (Du. bles), G. blässe, blesse.
Hence blaze vb. mark a tree with white by stripping the bark, indicate (a trail) in this way. XIX.

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