\ 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 blade (audio) \ adjective


blader \ ˈblā-​dər How to pronounce blade (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 Less attention has been paid to the prospect that a blade could shoot forward and damage the front part of the engine covers. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Moved to Replace 777 Engine Covers Before Recent Failures," 25 Feb. 2021 This full-tang knife has a 4.75-inch 7Cr17MoV stainless steel blade. Outdoor Life, "First Look: Outdoor Life’s New Line of Camping Knives and Tools," 23 Feb. 2021 Investigators appear to be focused on a potential malfunction of a part that is unique to these engines called a hollow fan blade. Dallas News, "United Airlines to ground two dozen Boeing 777 planes in wake of engine failure," 22 Feb. 2021 Chaney used his fists and a pocket blade to knock out her window and pull her out of the car. Kaley Johnson, Star Tribune, "In mile-long pileup, Texas trucker rescued trapped drivers," 12 Feb. 2021 Blake was near a knife when he was shot, state prosecutors have said, and a blade was found in the footwell of the vehicle. NBC News, "No charges filed against Kenosha officers in Jacob Blake shooting," 5 Jan. 2021 Those are useful but still not a true replacement for a steel or aluminum blade. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snow Shovels for Clearing Driveways and Sidewalks," 12 Oct. 2020 In these designs, support for the blade is located inside the rubber. Sian Babish,, "The best windshield wiper of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 Take the first step before shaving by exfoliating your skin to prepare it for the blade. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, "Start the new year by taking better care of your body from head to toe with these self-care steals," 25 Jan. 2021 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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The first known use of blade was before the 12th century

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1 Mar 2021

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“Blade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ ˈblād How to pronounce blade (audio) \

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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