\ˈblād \

Definition of blade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : leaf sense 1a(1) especially : the leaf of an herb or a grass

b : the flat expanded part of a leaf as distinguished from the petiole

2 : something resembling the blade of a leaf: such as

a : the broad flattened part of an oar or paddle

b : an arm of a screw propeller, electric fan, or steam turbine

c : the broad flat or concave part of a machine (such as a bulldozer or snowplow) that comes into contact with the material to be moved

d : a broad flat body part specifically : scapula used chiefly in naming cuts of meat

e : the flat portion of the tongue immediately behind the tip also : this portion together with the tip

3a : the cutting part of an implement

b(1) : sword

(2) : swordsman

(3) : a dashing lively man

c : the runner of an ice skate


bladed; blading

Definition of blade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 transitive golf : to hit (a ball or shot) with the leading edge of the clubface : skull I hit a wedge from 45 yards and basically bladed it over the green.— Tiger Woods

2 intransitive : to skate on in-line skates Connect a pair of these wild things to your feet and you are blading—cruising with all the cool of ice skating but without the ice.— Bob Batz Jr.

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Other Words from blade


bladelike \ˈblād-ˌlīk \ adjective


blader \ˈblā-dər \ noun

Synonyms for blade

Synonyms: Noun

cutter, knife

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Examples of blade in a Sentence


the blade of an ax dueled with blades rather than guns

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The officer escorted him to the Hotel Harrington on 11th Street NW, three blocks from the White House, and found a TAC force folding knife with a spring-loaded blade. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Three men arrested in unrelated breaches of White House, Capitol grounds," 12 July 2018 The cigar cutters, according to Bell, always came with a spare blade. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Historian Bob Bell Examines 'Makin' Stuff In Windsor'," 2 July 2018 Archaeologists think that in Copper Age Europe, manufacturing tools like daggers and arrowheads was the work of expert specialists, but most adults knew how to retouch or resharpen a blade with a reasonable amount of skill. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 Ötzi’s dagger was unusually small with a blade that was barely a couple of inches long. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools," 21 June 2018 It is lifted by a thin, 17-foot rotor blade that whirls just above the pilot's head under the power of hydrogen peroxide fuel broken down by catalytic action into steam that is ejected at high speed from the rotor tips. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: The Pinwheel helicopter," 19 June 2018 When a sergeant rolled him over, a folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade dropped from his right hand. Maxine Bernstein,, "Man who burst into homeless shelter said: 'I'm gonna kill everyone in here'," 25 May 2018 The traditional weight-forward spinners will come into play, as well, with the Tom's Tiny Teaser in lemon-lime with a gold blade a favorite., "Fishing Report for May 11: Western Lake Erie walleye fishing drawing crowds," 11 May 2018 Nashville’s momentum was thwarted a minute later when Ryan Ellis took a skate blade to the face in the attacking zone. Tyler Horka,, "Connor Hellebuyck Stifles Predators, Jets Take Game 1," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Burr grinders, as opposed to blade grinders, grind the coffee more evenly and consistently. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "How to Make the Perfect Cup, According to California’s Coolest Coffee Brand," 5 July 2017 Sami Vatanen had a clear shot at goalie Cam Talbot but missed up high, and Andrew Cogliano had a chance to blade a puck out of the air at close range. Mark Whicker, Orange County Register, "Whicker: A new face stops the Ducks’ Game 7 jinx," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of blade


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blade


Middle English, from Old English blæd; akin to Old High German blat leaf, Latin folium, Greek phyllon, Old English blōwan to blossom — more at blow

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English Language Learners Definition of blade

: the flat sharp part of a weapon or tool that is used for cutting

: one of the flat spinning parts that are used on some machines to push air or water

: the wide flat part of an oar or paddle


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Kids Definition of blade

1 : a leaf of a plant and especially of a grass

2 : the broad flat part of a leaf

3 : something that widens out like the blade of a leaf the blade of a propeller the blade of an oar

4 : the cutting part of a tool, machine, or weapon a knife blade

5 : sword

6 : the runner of an ice skate

Other Words from blade

bladed \ˈblā-dəd \ adjective


\ˈblād \

Medical Definition of blade 

1 : a broad flat body part (as the shoulder blade)

2 : the flat portion of the tongue immediately behind the tip also : this portion together with the tip

3 : a flat working and especially cutting part of an implement (as a scalpel)

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