blade

noun
\ 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

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 How to pronounce bladelike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

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

These engines compress the air-fuel mixture not with spinning fan blades, as turbine engines do, but using the aircraft’s high speed and the shape of their inlet ducts. Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "This hypersonic airliner would take you from Los Angeles to Tokyo in under two hours," 23 Aug. 2019 Smaller birds are usually chopped up by turbine fan blades, but engines aren’t designed to withstand strikes from multiple birds or larger birds such as geese, said John Hansman, an aeronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Washington Post, "Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike," 15 Aug. 2019 But the engine is dogged by production problems, including the manufacture of a titanium fan blade. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "United Technologies has a long history in Connecticut that began with Pratt & Whitney," 10 June 2019 Unusual vibrations were noticed coming from the engine during sea trials, and a borescope inspection revealed the damage to several of the turbine fan blades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 Following the deadly accident, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered for more frequent inspections of fan blades in CFM56-7B engines made by CFM International, Dallas News reported. Fox News, "NTSB photos of Southwest Airlines plane show damage caused by engine fragments," 24 May 2018 In that instance, a fan blade in one of the plane’s engines broke apart midflight, sending debris into the fuselage and through a cabin window. Zach Wichter, New York Times, "Southwest Plane Forced to Land After Cabin Window Breaks in Air," 2 May 2018 Frozen sushi, Marvin called it, fresh and cold, almost tasteless, with a note of steel from the knife blade. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 Video then shows Ortiz pick up the blade and plunge it into Stankiewicz’s chest, police said. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Lynn woman ordered held without bail on charges of stabbing man to death," 20 Aug. 2019

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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

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 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

blade

noun
\ 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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