English - Etymology 1
From Middle English blase, from Old English blæse (“firebrand, torch, lamp, flame”), from Proto-Germanic *blasōn (“torch”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to shine, be white”). Cognate with Low German blas (“burning candle, torch, fire”), Middle High German blas (“candle, torch, flame”). Compare Dutch bles (“blaze”), German Blesse (“blaze”), Swedish bläs (“blaze”).
A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.
1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter III, The Younger Set:
- Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth and heaping kindling on the coals,
- 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter III, The Younger Set:
English - Etymology 2
- (intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light.
- (intransitive) To shine like a flame.
- (transitive) To make a thing shine like a flame.
- (transitive) To mark or cut (a route, especially through vegetation), or figuratively, to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge.
- (slang) To smoke marijuana.