Pronunciation Noun

blade (plural blades)

  1. The sharp cutting edge of a knife, chisel, or other tool, a razor blade/sword.
  2. The flat functional end of a propeller, oar, hockey stick, screwdriver, skate, etc.
  3. The narrow leaf of a grass or cereal.
  4. (botany) The thin, flat part of a plant leaf, attached to a stem (petiole). The lamina.
  5. A flat bone, especially the shoulder blade.
  6. A cut of beef from near the shoulder blade (part of the chuck).
  7. (chiefly, phonetics, phonology) The part of the tongue just behind the tip, used to make laminal consonants. c en
  8. (poetic) A sword or knife.
  9. (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.
  10. (ultimate frisbee) A throw characterized by a tight parabolic trajectory due to a steep lateral attitude.
  11. (sailing) The rudder, daggerboard, or centerboard of a vessel.
  12. A bulldozer or surface-grading machine with mechanically adjustable blade that is nominally perpendicular to the forward motion of the vehicle.
  13. (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.
  14. (slang, chiefly, US) A homosexual, usually male.
  15. Thin plate, foil.
  16. (photography) One of a series of small plates that make up the aperture or the shutter of a camera.
  17. (architecture, in the plural) The principal rafters of a roof.
  18. 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.
  19. Airfoil in windmills and windturbines.
  20. (computing) A blade server.
  21. (climbing) Synonym of knifeblade
  22. (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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  23. The part of a key that is inserted into the lock.
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Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese:
  • Russian: ло́пасть
  • Spanish: pala
  • Italian: pala
  • Portuguese: , aleta
  • Russian: ло́пасть
  • Spanish: aleta
Translations Verb

blade (blades, present participle blading; past and past participle bladed)

  1. (informal) To skate on rollerblades.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with a blade.
  3. (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.
  4. (transitive, professional wrestling, slang) To cut (a person) so as to provoke bleeding.


blade (plural blades)

  1. (soccer) someone connected with Sheffield United Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

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