ablaze

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ablaze lighted with red light as if with flames "streets ablaze with lighted Christmas trees","the inflamed clouds at sunset","reddened faces around the campfire"
    • adj ablaze resembling flame in brilliance or color "maple trees ablaze in autumn"
    • adj ablaze lighted up by or as by fire or flame "forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning","even the car's tires were aflame","a night aflare with fireworks","candles alight on the tables","houses on fire"
    • adj ablaze keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitement "his face all ablaze with excitement"- Bram Stoker","he was aflame with desire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ablaze In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire. "The young Cambridge democrats were all ablaze to assist Torrijos."
    • Ablaze On fire; in a blaze, gleaming. "All ablaze with crimson and gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ablaze On fire; in a blaze; burning briskly: as, the bonfire is ablaze.
    • ablaze Figuratively, in a state of excitement or eager desire.
    • ablaze This was Emerson's method, … to write the perfect line, to set the imagination ablaze with a single verse.
    • ablaze Gleaming; brilliantly lighted up: as, ablaze with jewelry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ablaze a-blāz′ in a blaze, on fire: gleaming brightly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + blaze,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Blaze.

Usage

In literature:

If a school-boy is kicked by his master, you have all the newspapers in the country ablaze.
"Sunrise" by William Black
She turned on him with anger ablaze.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
Suddenly, Mount Valerien, yonder opposite, appears illumined, as if a conflagration had been set ablaze behind it.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Winnie sprang up from the cushions, her eyes ablaze with the fighting spirit.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Wheeling swiftly, his eyes ablaze with the terrible passion that had seized him, Lawler faced the bunk.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Then you set them ablaze, Ditmore?
"The Mystery at Putnam Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
The blatant cafes were ablaze with lamps, and in them the tables were crowded and the fiddles raved and jeered.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
The big dressing rooms on each side of the stage at Assembly Hall were ablaze with light.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
It was half-past five and still dark, when those nude, shaggy men with heads ablaze with smoky, flickering lamps, began to move around.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
The room seemed ablaze before him, like a bright fire.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
The place was ablaze with it.
"The Smiling Hill-Top" by Julia M. Sloane
Constantia, her cheeks ablaze, her lips parted, interposed a fan between her eyes and the light.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
No, it was not simply one airplane he had set ablaze; it was two, one above Corbeny, the other above Juvincourt.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
A hot and oppressive day disclosed woods rent and scarred, standing wheat fields shell-plowed and trampled, and farm houses set ablaze.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
The rain had ceased; the sky was clear again, all ablaze with the richest golden hues over the crest of the big houses.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Other men may have found the fires of my conscience smouldering sometimes, but they were always ablaze whenever you came near.
"Crittenden" by John Fox, Jr.
The deck was all ablaze.
"Fifty Famous Stories Retold" by James Baldwin
One end of the little house was all ablaze.
"Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's" by Laura Lee Hope
The garden was ablaze with color, and full of all sorts of delicious scents and sounds.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
Darkness had fallen, while he had been inside; now the whole Company Reservation was ablaze with electric lights.
"Uller Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
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In poetry:

Of sentient fibre to the quick
She trembles, shrinks from praise.
To look on her too earnestly
Sets all her cheek ablaze.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Beyond the rolling wave art thou
O'er which I waft a sigh to thee,
Beyond the lurid sunset now
Ablaze upon the western sea.
"Ah, Hast Thou Gone?" by Lennox Amott
Between the day that struck her old,
And this black star of days,
Her heart swung like a storm-bell tolled
Above a town ablaze.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Harmless as summer lightning plays
From a low, hidden cloud by night,
A light to set the hills ablaze,
But not a bolt to smite.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Beech trees in a golden haze;
Hardy sumachs all ablaze,
Glowing through the silver birches.
How that pine tree shouts and lurches!
"Late September" by Amy Lowell
He passed the marts of business,
Where the gaslights were ablaze,
And saw the countless heaps of things
Displayed to meet the gaze.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley

In news:

On a New York island, firefighters set homes ablaze .
Firefighters will spend the next two weeks setting homes ablaze on a small island in New York Harbor for one purpose: Saving lives.
New York firefighters set homes ablaze — to save lives.
A brave subway station agent refused to let two would-be robbers into her Brooklyn booth Wednesday morning, even as they set it ablaze with her trapped inside, transit officials and police said.
A fireman walks along US Highway 56 past flaming trees set ablaze as part of a backfire Sunday evening.
Jelly Belly hopes to set market ablaze with Tabasco- flavored jelly beans.
Dog soaked in lighter fluid , set ablaze.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl set music blogs ablaze last Saturday while performing at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park.
Frederick County fire investigators are looking into three separate fires, including a car that was intentionally set ablaze in a motel parking lot.
Mall burns after store set ablaze.
An angry 25-year-old man set a fiery death trap for his ex- girlfriend and her two young children Sunday, setting her ablaze as she opened her Queens apartment door as well as the hallway outside, according to reports.
The interwebs are ablaze with chatter that Jessica Simpson — who just seven months ago birthed her first baby — is "accidentally" knocked up again after a sperm apparently tripped and fell into one of her eggs.
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, who set the NBA ablaze last season, did not perform well and says his 'rough stretch' will turn around.
WASHINGTON – When Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney decried the "prairie fire" of US debt Tuesday, he ignored some of the sparks that set it ablaze.
Jack Welch sets Twitter ablaze with Obama job jab .
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