blade

noun
\ 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

blade

verb
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

Noun

bladelike \ ˈblād-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

blader \ ˈblā-​dər \ noun

Synonyms for blade

Synonyms: Noun

brand, steel, sword

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Examples of blade in a Sentence

Noun

the blade of an ax dueled with blades rather than guns

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Slicked taut in the front with a skyscraping, shoulder-blade-grazing backdrop of hair, Elizabeth’s high-slung ponytail was topped off with a trio of crystal hair ornaments in jewel tone shades of emerald, lapis, turquoise, and gold along the crown. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Versace Just Served Up a Jaw-Dropping New Take on I Dream of Jeannie Hair," 3 Dec. 2018 Flamingo offers a five-blade razor, waxing kits, shaving gel and body lotion for women. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "After men’s razors, Harry’s launches shaving brand for women," 15 Oct. 2018 But what’s drawing attention now is the fact that ordinary calls are being made with stunning inconsistency, while the more unusual ones–like Rask’s skate-blade–appear to be baffling the officials on the scene. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "There's a Silver Lining in Having So Many Complaints About NHL Playoff Officiating," 7 May 2018 Using dough cutter with fluted blade, trim edges, then cut dough into 1/2-inch squares. Cherry Point, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Saltine Crackers," 7 Aug. 2018 The fan blades reverse to pull the hot air out of the house during the day and reverse to bring the relief of cool air in at night. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Frozen clothes, damp swimsuits — and a house hoser: How Seattle’s un-air-conditioned stay cool," 23 July 2018 Place in a food processor fitted with the metal blade or a blender. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 2018 Besides, a traditional engine’s fan blades would disintegrate at such velocities. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing's Hypersonic Passenger Plane Concept Works," 26 June 2018 Garden spades are traditionally short handled with a long blade, squared off at the end. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Forego the 'fart card' for Father's Day. Try one of these gifts instead," 15 June 2018

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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

Noun

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

Verb

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blade

Noun

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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blade

noun

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

blade

noun
\ ˈblād \

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

blade

noun
\ 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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