blazeblaze1 /bleɪz/ ●○○ noun1firea)[countable usually singular] a big dangerousfire – used especially in newsreports → ablazeIt took almost 100 firemen to bring the blaze under control.fight/tackle/control a blazeHelicopters were used to help fight the blaze.house/factory/barn etc blazea huge chemical factory blazeb)[singular]FIRE a fire burning with strongbrightflamesI lit the fire and soon had a cheerful blaze going.► see thesaurus at fire2light/colour [singular]CCLIGHT very bright light or colour → ablazeblaze ofthe blaze of light from the security lampsThe garden is a blaze of colour at this time of year.3 →blaze of publicity/glory4EMOTIONAL[singular] a sudden show of very strong emotionA blaze of anger flashed across his face.5 →what the blazes/who the blazes etc6 →like blazes7MARK[countable usually singular]DSHMARK a whitemark, especially one down the front of a horse’s faceCOLLOCATIONSverbsfight a blazeNearly 80 firefighters fought the blaze for three hours on Sunday.tackle a blaze British English (=fight it)Fire crews were called out to tackle a blaze at a house near York.control a blazeIt took more than an hour to control the blaze at the hotel.bring a blaze under controlFor more than four hours they battled to bring the blaze under control.put out/extinguish a blazeStaff managed to put out the blaze before firemen arrived.a blaze breaks out (also a blaze starts)The blaze broke out on the third floor of the building.a blaze spreadsThe blaze quickly spread to a neighbouring house.NOUN + blazea house/factory/car etc blaze (=a burning house/factory/car etc)Three people were badly hurt in a house blaze.
blazeblaze2 ●○○ verb [intransitive]1fireBURN to burn very brightly and strongly → blazingThe room was warm, with a fire blazing in the hearth.► see thesaurus at burn2lightSHINE to shine with a very bright lightA huge truck was advancing towards us, its headlights blazing.The sun blazed down as we walked along the valley.► see thesaurus at shine3eyes [usually in progressive] literary if someone’s eyes are blazing, their eyes are shining brightly because they are feeling a very strong emotion, usually angerblaze withLinda leapt to her feet, her dark eyes blazing with anger.4gun (also blaze away)PMWSHOOT if guns blaze, they fire bullets quickly and continuouslyAn enemy plane roared overhead, its guns blazing.5 →blaze a trail6 →be blazed across/all over something→ See Verb table
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blaze• Perhaps it was inevitable that an attraction should have blazed between them from the first.• The middaysunblazed down on us.• Lights blazed in every room in the house.• A fire was blazing in the fireplace.• Yet it was precisely conservatives such as the Mormons who had blazedpaths to the votingbooths fifty years before.• Now it was blazing steadily, promising an out-of-control inferno, unless she came to her senses and stopped it.• It rained on days when they needed sun and it blazed when Nichols wanted a rain sequence.• The windows of the cathedral were blazing with coloured light.fire blazing• Fairfax has a couple of gins and tonicready by the time I have the fire blazing.• Despite sweltering in the luxury of a fire blazing full on, she received a series of credits on her budgetaccount.• I thought of fire blazing in the wards of Glengall.sun blazed down• The sun blazed down as we followed narrow paths through the ling.• The sun blazed down on all of us: friends, family, servants and a cluster of barefoot neighborhood kids.blaze with• "Get out!" he screamed, his eyes blazing withhate.Originblaze11. Old English blæse“torch”2. (1600-1700)Germanblas“white mark”blaze21. (1200-1300) → BLAZE112. (1700-1800)blaze“mark showing a path to be followed, made by cutting a piece from a tree”((17-20 centuries)); → BLAZE17