Definition of blade in English:


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Pronunciation: /bleɪd


  • 1The flat cutting edge of a knife, saw, or other tool or weapon: cut cleanly using a sharp blade
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    • Lay the clove on a cutting board and smash it with the flat of a knife blade.
    • The captured prince screamed and tried to get out of her grasp but she had the sharp blade of a knife pressed against his throat.
    • The knife was like a pocket knife, but bigger, the blade was still sharp.
  • 1.1 literary A sword.
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    • Daggers, blades and scimitars like his looked to be the weapon of preference.
    • He sidestepped and took a wild swing at her back, to be met by an arcing sword that struck his blade out of his hand and sent it whirling.
    • One look at the sword, a slender blade as smooth as ice, and she felt her mind sliding into soft clouds.
  • 1.2 (blades) Australian /NZ Hand shears used in sheep shearing.
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    • Outside the museum is a model of a shearing shed from the colonial period with the blades for shearing and a wool press.
    • Shearing was changed from machine to hand held blades which was a much longer process, but left a short coat on the sheep for protection.
  • 1.3 Archaeology A long, narrow flake.
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    • Small worked flint blades known as microliths were perhaps the barbs of spears and harpoons with wooden shafts.
    • They consist of a large number of carefully made large blades and flakes and an unusually high proportion of finished tools including backed knives, scrapers and borers.
    • A small number of end scrapers made on blades have been identified at the Dash Reeves site.
  • 2The flat, wide section of an implement or device such as an oar or a propeller.
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    • A light aircraft had lost one of its propeller blades and a second blade was badly damaged, a report has revealed.
    • The engine and nose bowl have been restored to display condition while propeller blades from another aircraft have been fitted to the hub.
    • This device stops the spinning blade within three seconds of release of the handle.
  • 2.1A thin, flat metal runner on an ice skate.
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    • The four wheels and the metal plate on a roller skate are much heavier than the single blade on an ice skate.
    • He listened to the blades of Lydie's ice-skates glide across the ice smoothly.
    • Young men on blades are willing to do anything - take a puck in the face, throw their bodies into places they don't belong.
  • 2.2 (also blade bone) A shoulder bone in a joint of meat, or the joint itself.
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    • The juices of the braised blade of beef were almost black with deepness and the meat was strong and gamey.
    • The third major type of pork chop, taken from the portion of the loin closest to the shoulder, is called the blade chop.
  • 2.3The flat part of the tongue behind the tip.
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    • The area behind the blade is the front, which lies opposite the hard palate when the tongue is in a state of rest.
  • 3A long, narrow leaf of grass or another similar plant: a blade of grass
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    • The natural element could be a leaf, a blade of grass, or a flower.
    • Not a leaf, not a blade of grass, stirred in the sultry air.
    • It is an exciting moment for me when I see a blade of grass or see a leaf of a tree, and when I listen to birds chattering and to running water in a stream.
  • 3.1 Botany The broad, thin part of a leaf apart from the stalk.
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    • The iliac blade tapers and thins ventrally so that its ventral surface forms a sharp ridge.
    • The collar is where the leaf blade visually breaks away from the sheath and the stalk.
    • They climb on leaf blades and clip them off, causing the blades to fall unconsumed to the ground.
  • 4 informal , • dated A dashing or energetic young man: the director, a young blade in an oversized suit
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    • They were triumphant and he felt like a dashing young blade in football.
    • In the nightclubs of wartime London, young blades trying to impress their girlfriends would turn up sometimes wearing German uniforms.
    • I should mention that we young blades came from the north side of the bog, a distance of more than two miles.


[no object] US informal Back to top  
  • Skate using Rollerblades: she loves to run, bike, blade, and explore the city (as noun blading) blading with the wind in your face...that’s really nice
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    • It is also home to a dynamic range of attractions and miles of wonderful beaches with paved paths for jogging, biking and blading.
    • Judy loved ice-skating as much as Doug loved blading.
    • Okay, we'll go back to my house and I'll change and we'll go blading.



[in combination]: double-bladed paddles


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  • Bikers, skaters and bladers from all over the district attended the demonstration.
  • The challenge has taken members of the club for BMX bikers, skaters and bladers more than two months to complete.
  • Young skaters, bladers and bikers are needed to help boost fundraising efforts for the proposed new wheel park.


Old English blæd 'leaf of a plant' (also in sense 2 of the noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch blad and German Blatt.

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