- A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame."To heaven the blazeuprolled." [Croly.]
- Intense, direct light accompanied with heat; as, to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun."O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon!" [Milton.]
- A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst; a brilliant display."Fierce blazeof riot.""His blazeof wrath." [Shak.]"For what is glory but the blaze of fame?" [Milton.]
- A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
Etymology: Cf. D. bles; akin to E. blaze light
- 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 neighborhood road." [Carlton.]synonyms: Blaze Flame.
Note: ☞ In low language in the U. S., blazes is frequently used of something extreme or excessive, especially of something very bad; as, blue as blazes. Neal.
Usage: A blaze and a flame are both produced by burning gas. In blaze the idea of light rapidly evolved is prominent, with or without heat; as, the blaze of the sun or of a meteor. Flame includes a stronger notion of heat; as, he perished in the flames.
Etymology: OE. blase, AS. blæse blase; akin to OHG. blass whitish, G. blass pale, MHG. blas torch, Icel. blys torch; perh. fr. the same root as E. blast. Cf. Blast Blush Blink