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

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, place the flour and butter. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corn and tomatoes: The local sweet season has started," 9 Aug. 2019 The knife, which has an intact blade, dates to 1781 or older. Fox News, "Ornate colonial era musket part discovered in Michigan," 1 Aug. 2019 As a craftsman, he’s built spiral staircases, cabinetry, wooden helicopter blades, bows and arrows, and Civil War replica firearms. Patrick Raycraft, courant.com, "Farmington’s Ed Bassett builds violins by hand, hour by hour, crafting masterpieces to last a lifetime," 11 July 2019 The knife, with a four-inch handle and three-inch blade, tested negative for blood, defense attorneys say. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Forensics experts open second week of war crimes trial of Navy SEAL," 25 June 2019 Two officers responded at 4:07 p.m. to the 600 block of Martin Boulevard after a caller reported a man exposing himself and wielding a large blade, said Lt. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Police fatally shoot San Leandro man who allegedly had gun-like object," 12 June 2019 Knife Method Firmly grip the handle of a large knife (like a chef’s knife) and position the corner of the blade (the widest part closest to the handle) perpendicular to the can at the seam. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener," 21 May 2019 Standing next to me, Lukasz Dominikowski, armed with his asparagus cutter (a long, flat tool with a sharp, forked blade), has detected a ripple. Christie Dietz, National Geographic, "Calling all foodies: Germany's 'white gold' season is in full swing," 14 May 2019 An option with a shallow drawer on top also provides space for small accessories like measuring cups, different blender blades, or recipe books. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "X-tra Counter Space," 11 Feb. 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

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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