\ ˈblād How to pronounce blade (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bladelike (audio) \ adjective


blader \ ˈblā-​dər How to pronounce blader (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for blade

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Growing more upset, Denson picked up a box cutter with an extended blade and pointed it at Kutuzov, according to state prosecutors. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "A man’s punishment for telling an immigrant to go back to his country: A 500-word essay," 27 Nov. 2019 Among them was Stan Wollman, 69, a member of the New Plimmoth Gard, who was dressed in the armor-plated uniform of a pike officer, complete with a halberd — a long, pole-like weapon tipped with a blade., "PLYMOUTH — Thousands cheered for the annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration Saturday, as marching bands, first responders, military veterans, and floats recognizing the country’s Colonial legacy weaved through the city’s downtown to its waterfront.," 24 Nov. 2019 Nutrition information per serving: 219 calories, 16 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 49 mg cholesterol, 18 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 3 g protein, 261 mg sodium, 4 g fiber Set up a food processor with the chopping blade. Lisa Futterman,, "Celebrate vegetables with offbeat side dishes for Thanksgiving," 13 Nov. 2019 Forks go up so the tines get clean, and knives should be placed with the blade down for safety. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use and Load a Dishwasher the Right Way," 13 Nov. 2019 The court order, on file with the Hamilton County, Ohio, Probate Court, describes a sword with a 36-46-inch blade, with a blood groove and six names inscribed upon it. Steven Goode,, "‘The last thing I wanted ... was to be hauled out in cuffs.’ Seizure of historic battle sword puts Windsor police at center of antiques controversy," 9 Nov. 2019 At the foot of the bed was a spear with a 12-inch double-sided metal blade. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Amazon's Alexa may have witnessed alleged Florida murder, authorities say," 2 Nov. 2019 The ancient kit contained a bronze knife with a curved blade, an awl decorated with ladders and rows of triangles, and a bronze chisel, along with an assortment of bronze scraps and small ingots. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth a Bronze Age warrior’s personal toolkit," 18 Oct. 2019 This intervention gave the initiative to the rebels, who after seven months of fighting captured the dictator hiding in a drainage pipe near his hometown of Sirte, and after sodomizing him with a blade, executed him. Brian Stewart, National Review, "The Education of a Cynic," 5 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Runner-Up: Brod & Taylor Classic Knife Sharpener This tool features triple-action tungsten carbide sharpeners that automatically adjust to blade angles between 12 and 20 degrees. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Knife Sharpener," 23 Feb. 2019 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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“Blade.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce blade (audio) \

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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