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

At night, the faintest whir of helicopter blades would jolt her from bed; wounded were on the way. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Shortly after the incident the Federal Aviation Administration ordered that airlines complete additional inspections of fan blades on planes with similar engines. Lori Aratani, chicagotribune.com, "Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline, Boeing," 21 June 2018 Shortly after the incident the Federal Aviation Administration ordered that airlines complete additional inspections of fan blades on planes with similar engines. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine," 20 June 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board said one of the engine’s blades snapped, hurling debris that broke a window. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Southwest flight from Las Vegas to PHL diverted after warning," 20 May 2018 Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board who looked into the failure said that one of the engine's 24 fan blades was missing. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Third flight in three weeks diverted because of damaged window," 7 May 2018 In response, the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the inspection of fan blades on engines currently in use on thousands of U.S. airplanes. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Cleveland Hopkins after window cracks," 2 May 2018 If placed in the dishwasher, bleed can occur between the handle and the blade. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 The British bayonets were triangular in shape, ensuring that even if the 18-inch blade did not puncture a vital organ, at least one facet of the weapon would always be slicing near a heart, a kidney, a liver. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Valley Forge’ Review: In the Bleak Midwinter," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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The first known use of blade was before the 12th century

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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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