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blade

noun \ ˈblād \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of blade

1 a : leaf 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
3 a : the cutting part of an implement
b (1) : sword
(2) : swordsman
(3) : a dashing lively man
c : the runner of an ice skate

bladelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of blade in a Sentence

  1. the blade of an ax

  2. dueled with blades rather than guns

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of blade

bladed; blading
transitive + intransitive
1 T 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 I : 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.

blader

play \ˈblā-dər\ noun

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First Known Use of blade

1959

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BLADE Defined for English Language Learners

blade

Definition of blade for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

blade

noun \ ˈblād \

Definition of blade for Students

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

bladed

\ˈblā-dəd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

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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