Etymology: Middle English blase, from Old English blæse torch; probably akin to Old English bǣl fire — more at bald
Date: before 12th century
a. an intensely burning fire
b. intense direct light often accompanied by heat <the blaze of TV lights> c. an active burning; especially a sudden bursting forth of flame 2. something that resembles the blaze of a fire: as a. a dazzling display <a blaze of color> b. a sudden outburst <a blaze of fury> <went down in a blaze of glory> c. plural hell <go to blazes> <as hot as blazes> II. intransitive verb (blazed; blazing) Date: 13th century 1. a. to burn brightly <the sun blazed overhead> b. to flare up ; flame <inflation blazed up> 2. to be conspicuously brilliant or resplendent <fields blazing with flowers> 3. to shoot rapidly and repeatedly — usually used with away 4. to proceed extremely rapidly ; blast <blazing down the highway> III. transitive verb (blazed; blazing) Etymology: Middle English blasen, from Middle Dutch blāsen to blow; akin to Old High German blāst blast Date: 1541 to make public or conspicuous IV. noun Etymology: perhaps from Dutch or Low German bles; akin to Old Norse blesi white stripe on an animal and probably to Old English blæse torch Date: 1639 1. a. a usually white stripe down the center of the face of an animal b. a white or gray streak in the hair of the head 2. a trail marker; especially a mark made on a tree by chipping off a piece of the bark V. transitive verb (blazed; blazing) Date: 1750 1. to mark (as a trail) with blazes 2. to lead in some direction or activity <blaze new trails in education>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.