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blaze 1

 (blāz)
n.
1.
a. A brilliant burst of fire; a flame.
b. A destructive fire.
2. A bright or steady light or glare: the blaze of the desert sun.
3. A brilliant, striking display: flowers that were a blaze of color.
4. A sudden outburst, as of emotion: a blaze of anger.
5. blazes Used as an intensive: Where in blazes are my keys?
v. blazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
v.intr.
1. To burn with a bright flame.
2. To shine brightly.
3. To be resplendent: a garden blazing with flowers.
4. To flare up suddenly: My neighbor's temper blazed.
5. To shoot rapidly and continuously: Machine guns blazed.
v.tr.
To shine or be resplendent with: eyes that blazed hatred.

[Middle English blase, from Old English blæse; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

blaz′ing·ly adv.

blaze 2

 (blāz)
n.
1. A white or light-colored spot or stripe on the face of an animal, such as a horse.
2. A mark to indicate a trail, usually painted on or cut into a tree.
tr.v. blazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
1.
a. To mark (a tree) with a blaze.
b. To indicate (a trail) by making blazes.
2. To prepare or lead (the way in an endeavor): blazed the way in space exploration.

[Of Germanic origin; akin to blaze.]

blaze 3

 (blāz)
tr.v. blazed, blaz·ing, blaz·es
To make known publicly; proclaim: Headlines blazed the news.

[Middle English blasen, from Middle Dutch blāsen, to blow up, swell; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.]

blazes

(ˈbleɪzɪz)
pl n
1. slang a euphemistic word for hell
2. informal (intensifier): to run like blazes; what the blazes are you doing?.
3. go to blazes! slang go to hell!
References in classic literature ?
You are my prisoners, and I will hurl you all into my underground dungeons, where the volcanic fires glow and the molten lava flows in every direction, and the air is hotter than blue blazes.
Oh, wery good,' said Sam; 'then I'll amend the obserwation and call 'em the dear creeturs, if Blazes vill allow me.
But now, in the autumnal twilight, illuminated by the flickering blaze of the wood-fire, they looked at the old chair, and thought that it had never before worn such an interesting aspect.
Beneath the shelter of one hut, in the bright blaze of the same fire, sat this varied group of adventurers, all so intent upon a single object, that, of whatever else they began to speak, their closing words were sure to be illuminated with the Great Carbuncle.
No,' said his bride, 'for how could we live by day, or sleep by night, in this awful blaze of the Great Carbuncle
Thus sped the demoniac on his course, until, quivering among the trees, he saw a red light before him, as when the felled trunks and branches of a clearing have been set on fire, and throw up their lurid blaze against the sky, at the hour of midnight.
The balloon, thus suddenly lightened, made a leap of three hundred feet into the air, amid the howlings of the tribe whose prisoner thus escaped them in a blaze of dazzling light.
It is obvious, therefore, that there were many people who had the strongest interest in preventing Silver Blaze from being there at the fall of the flag next Tuesday.
Some searched the drawers, the chests, the boxes, writing-desks, and closets, for jewels, plate, and money; while others, less mindful of gain and more mad for destruction, cast their whole contents into the courtyard without examination, and called to those below, to heap them on the blaze.
The west was a broadening blaze of yellow and purple and red.
Dry and worm-eaten, a spark upon them became a smoulder, and a smoulder a blaze.
To give force to their threat, a pyre of logs and fagots was heaped up and kindled into a blaze.