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Sense: 1-4, 6
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: BLAZE11
Sense: 5
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: blaze 'mark showing a path to be followed, made by cutting a piece from a tree' (17-20 centuries); BLAZE17

blaze

2 verb
     
Related topics: Weapons
blaze2 [intransitive]
1

fire

to burn very brightly and strongly [↪ blazing]:
The room was warm, with a fire blazing in the hearth.
2

light

to shine with a very bright light:
A huge truck was advancing towards us, its headlights blazing.
The sun blazed down as we walked along the valley.
3

eyes

[usually in progressive] literary if someone's eyes are blazing, their eyes are shining brightly because they are feeling a very strong emotion, usually anger
blaze with
Linda leapt to her feet, her dark eyes blazing with anger.
4

gun

also blaze awayPMW if guns blaze, they fire bullets quickly and continuously:
An enemy plane roared overhead, its guns blazing.
5

blaze a trail

to develop or do something new and important, or to do something important that no one has done before:
an innovative young company that has blazed a trail for others to follow
6

be blazed across/all over something

TCN if something is blazed across a newspaper etc, it is written in a way that everyone will notice:
News of their divorce was blazed across all the tabloids.

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