—n. 1. a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth. 2. a bright, hot gleam or glow: the blaze of day. 3. a sparkling brightness: a blaze of jewels. 4. a sudden, intense outburst, as of fire, passion, or fury: to unleash a blaze of pent-up emotions; a blaze of glory. 5. blazes,Informal.hell: Go to blazes!
—v.i. 1. to burn brightly (sometimes fol. by away, up, forth): The bonfire blazed away for hours. The dry wood blazed up at the touch of a match. 2. to shine like flame (sometimes fol. by forth): Their faces blazed with enthusiasm. 3. to burn with intense feeling or passion (sometimes fol. by up): He blazed up at the insult. 4. to shoot steadily or continuously (usually fol. by away): The contestants blazed away at the clay pigeons. 5. to be brilliantly conspicuous.
—n. 1. a spot or mark made on a tree, as by painting or notching or by chipping away a piece of the bark, to indicate a trail or boundary.
2. a white area down the center of the face of a horse, cow, etc.
—v.t. 1. to mark with blazes: to blaze a trail. 2. to lead in forming or finding (a new method, course, etc.): His research in rocketry blazed the way for space travel.
Pronunciation: (blāz),[key] —v.t.,blazed, blaz•ing. 1. to make known; proclaim; publish: Headlines blazed the shocking news. 2. Obs.to blow, as from a trumpet.