\ 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.

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 The rock could be as minor as a burr on a blade, but if it wasn’t eliminated or moved out of the way, the entire manufacturing process could be compromised. Lance Knight, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Growing up, Ash Smith was the fearless sort — whether that meant chasing after a 500-pound pig on the family farm or cutting her own hair with just a razor blade. oregonlive, 12 June 2022 MacFhionghain held the knife in his right hand with the blade pointed downward over Mendoza, who was on his back and using his right hand to hold onto MacFhionghain’s right wrist, San Francisco Police Commander Paul Yep said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2022 The root ball will handily balance right on the flat on the blade. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 13 May 2022 Any vanilla seeds that get stuck on the blade, transfer them to the jar. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 This particular package includes a chef’s blade, a carving knife, and a paring knife, each featuring the brand’s signature beechwood handle. Helena Madden, ELLE Decor, 26 May 2022 Its barrel is made of Damascus steel with sword-blade details, and the end piece recalls arrow slits. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Also found was a saw blade, an empty cigarette pack and a cigarette butt. John Benson, cleveland, 17 May 2022 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, 23 Feb. 2019 Burr grinders, as opposed to blade grinders, grind the coffee more evenly and consistently. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, 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, 10 May 2017 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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