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

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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 Using one of these warrants serious attention and a quality product, as you can get hurt from the simple movement of cutting veggies against the blade. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "10 amazing deals on products we love under $25," 28 May 2020 Ice cubes can help sharpen the disposal blades and remove food scraps stuck underneath them, but without adding a deodorizing agent, such as lemon, the odor could persist. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Should You Try that Viral Garbage Disposal Hack? A Plumbing Expert Weighs In," 22 May 2020 Cut the lawn at 4-inches and when the mower wheel drops into one of those little divots, the blades won’t shear off the grass at dirt level. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "You're cutting the grass wrong. 3 steps to get it right from our garden columnist," 22 May 2020 Built to withstand hurricane-force winds, the blades can’t easily be crushed—or recycled or repurposed for that matter. Josh Petri, Bloomberg.com, "The Big Dirty Secret Behind Wind Power," 8 May 2020 Step 4: Cut the posts to finished height with a reciprocating saw, using the crossbeams to guide the blade. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Build a Backyard Oasis With This DIY Pergola," 2 May 2020 This arrangement also keeps the blades isolated from any contact with people or wildlife. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Rooftop Wind Power Might Take Off by Using Key Principle of Flight," 21 Apr. 2020 The blade cut through the skin and flesh of her index finger. Detroit Free Press, "Afraid of getting coronavirus, Michiganders avoid urgent care centers, emergency rooms," 13 Apr. 2020 Also, please sharpen the blades with the hand sharpener (somewhere in box 28). Jack Handey, The New Yorker, "To My Relatives," 10 Feb. 2020 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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The first known use of blade was before the 12th century

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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blade. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for blade

blade

noun
How to pronounce blade (audio)

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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