In a blaze, on fire; burning with a flame; filled with, giving, or reflecting light; excited or exasperated. Like blazes, furiously; rapidly. [Low] "The horses did along like blazes tear." Poem in Essex dialect.

In low language in the U. S., blazes is frequently used of something extreme or excessive, especially of something very bad; as, blue as blazes. Neal.

Syn.Blaze, Flame. A blaze and a flame are both produced by burning gas. In blaze the idea of light rapidly evolved is prominent, with or without heat; as, the blaze of the sun or of a meteor. Flame includes a stronger notion of heat; as, he perished in the flames.

(Blaze), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Blazed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Blazing.]

1. To shine with flame; to glow with flame; as, the fire blazes.

2. To send forth or reflect glowing or brilliant light; to show a blaze.

And far and wide the icy summit blazed.

3. To be resplendent. Macaulay.

(Blat`ter*a"tion) n. [L. blateratio a babbling.] Blattering.

(Blat"ter*er) n. One who blatters; a babbler; a noisy, blustering boaster.

(Blat"ter*ing), n. Senseless babble or boasting.

(Blat`ter*oon") n. [L. blatero, -onis.] A senseless babbler or boaster. [Obs.] "I hate such blatteroons." Howell.

(||Blau"bok) n. [D. blauwbok.] (Zoöl.) The blue buck. See Blue buck, under Blue.

(Blay) n. [AS. blge, fr. blc, bleak, white; akin to Icel. bleikja, OHG. bleicha, G. bleihe. See Bleak, n. & a.] (Zoöl.) A fish. See Bleak, n.

(Blaze) n. [OE. blase, AS. blæse, blase; akin to OHG. blass whitish, G. blass pale, MHG. blas torch, Icel. blys torch; perh. fr. the same root as E. blast. Cf. Blast, Blush, Blink.]

1. A stream of gas or vapor emitting light and heat in the process of combustion; a bright flame. "To heaven the blaze uprolled." Croly.

2. Intense, direct light accompanied with heat; as, to seek shelter from the blaze of the sun.

O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon!

3. A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst; a brilliant display. "Fierce blaze of riot." "His blaze of wrath." Shak.

For what is glory but the blaze of fame?

4. [Cf. D. bles; akin to E. blaze light.] A white spot on the forehead of a horse.

5. A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.

Three blazes in a perpendicular line on the same tree indicating a legislative road, the single blaze a settlement or neighborhood road.

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