Definition of blaze noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bleɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bleɪz//
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  1. 1[countable] (used especially in newspapers) a very large fire, especially a dangerous one Five people died in the blaze. More than 50 firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control.
  2. 2[singular] strong bright flames in a fire Dry wood makes a good blaze.
  3. 3[singular] a blaze of something a very bright show of lights or colour; an impressive or noticeable show of something The gardens are a blaze of colour. a blaze of lights in the city centre the bright blaze of the sun a blaze of glory They got married in a blaze of publicity.
  4. 4[singular] (a) blaze of something a sudden show of very strong feeling a blaze of anger/passion/hate
  5. 5[countable, usually singular] a white mark on an animal’s face
  6. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 Old English blæse ‘torch, bright fire’, of Germanic origin; related ultimately to blaze ‘white spot or stripe on an animal's face’. noun sense 5 mid 17th cent.: ultimately of Germanic origin; related to German Blässe ‘blaze’ and blass ‘pale’, also to blaze (in its fire sense), and probably to blemish.Extra examples Firefighters are battling those blazes in five counties. Strong winds fanned the blaze. The antiques were destroyed in a blaze last year. The blaze swept through the whole building. The fire brigade attended the blaze. Fire crews attended six blazes at the weekend. Firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze. Two die in pub blaze.Idioms (old-fashioned, informal) very hard; very fast
    what/where/who the blazes…?
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    (old-fashioned, informal) used to emphasize that you are annoyed and surprised, to avoid using the word hell What the blazes have you done?
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