blade (plural blades)
The sharp cutting edge of a knife, chisel, or other tool, a razor blade/sword.
- The flat functional end of a propeller, oar, hockey stick, screwdriver, skate, etc.
- The narrow leaf of a grass or cereal.
- (botany) The thin, flat part of a plant leaf, attached to a stem (petiole). The lamina.
- A flat bone, especially the shoulder blade.
- A cut of beef from near the shoulder blade (part of the chuck).
- (chiefly, phonetics, phonology) The part of the tongue just behind the tip, used to make laminal consonants. c en
- (poetic) A sword or knife.
- (archaeology) A piece of prepared, sharp-edged stone, often flint, at least twice as long as it is wide; a long flake of ground-edge stone or knapped vitreous stone.
- (ultimate frisbee) A throw characterized by a tight parabolic trajectory due to a steep lateral attitude.
- (sailing) The rudder, daggerboard, or centerboard of a vessel.
- A bulldozer or surface-grading machine with mechanically adjustable blade that is nominally perpendicular to the forward motion of the vehicle.
- (dated) A dashing young man.
- He saw a turnkey in a trice / Fetter a troublesome blade.
- 2009, Amanda Vickery, Behind Closed Doors, Yale University Press, p. 77:
- Young blades were expected to kick over the traces and skirt disaster, before they graduated to matrimonial housekeeping.
- (slang, chiefly, US) A homosexual, usually male.
- Thin plate, foil.
- (photography) One of a series of small plates that make up the aperture or the shutter of a camera.
- (architecture, in the plural) The principal rafters of a roof.
- The four large shell plates on the sides, and the five large ones of the middle, of the carapace of the sea turtle, which yield the best tortoise shell.
- Airfoil in windmills and windturbines.
- (computing) A blade server.
- (climbing) Synonym of knifeblade
- (mathematics) An exterior product of vectors. (The product may have more than two factors. Also, a scalar counts as a 0-blade, a vector as a 1-blade; an exterior product of k vectors may be called a k-blade.)
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- The part of a key that is inserted into the lock.
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blade (blades, present participle blading; past and past participle bladed)
- (informal) To skate on rollerblades.
- (transitive) To furnish with a blade.
- (intransitive, poetic) To put forth or have a blade.
- As sweet a plant, as fair a flower, is faded / As ever in the Muses' garden bladed.
- (transitive, professional wrestling, slang) To cut (a person) so as to provoke bleeding.
blade (plural blades)