blade

Definitions

  • A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks
    A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blade the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
    • n blade flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
    • n blade the part of the skate that slides on the ice
    • n blade a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
    • n blade a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue)
    • n blade a cut of beef from the shoulder blade
    • n blade something long and thin resembling a blade of grass "a blade of lint on his suit"
    • n blade a dashing young man "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"
    • n blade especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hilt and portion of blade of a swept-hilt rapier excavated at Jamestown of the 1600-1610 period Hilt and portion of blade of a swept-hilt rapier excavated at Jamestown of the 1600-1610 period

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A snail can crawl across a razor blade without getting injured. This is possible because they excrete a slime that protects them
    • Blade A sharp-witted, dashing, wild, or reckless, fellow; -- a word of somewhat indefinite meaning. "He saw a turnkey in a trice
      Fetter a troublesome blade ."
    • Blade Properly, the leaf, or flat part of the leaf, of any plant, especially of gramineous plants. The term is sometimes applied to the spire of grasses. "The crimson dulse . . . with its waving blade .""First the blade , then ear, after that the full corn in the ear."
    • Blade The broad part of an oar; also, one of the projecting arms of a screw propeller.
    • Blade The cutting part of an instrument; as, the blade of a knife or a sword.
    • Blade The flat part of the tongue immediately behind the tip, or point. "“Lower blade ” implies, of course, the lower instead of the upper surface of the tongue."
    • Blade (Com) 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.
    • Blade (Arch) The principal rafters of a roof.
    • Blade The scapula or shoulder blade.
    • v. t Blade blād To furnish with a blade.
    • v. i Blade To put forth or have a blade. "As sweet a plant, as fair a flower, is faded
      As ever in the Muses' garden bladed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil since they did not have any soap. They would pour the oil on their bodies, and then use a strigil, which is type of blade, to scrape off any dirt along with the oil
    • n blade The leaf of a plant, particularly (now perhaps exclusively) of gramineous plants; also, the young stalk or spire of gramineous plants.
    • n blade Tn botany, the lamina or broad part of a leaf, petal, sepal, etc., as distinguished from the petiole or footstalk. See cut under leaf.
    • n blade Anything resembling a blade. A sword; also, the flat, thin, cutting part of a knife or other cutting-tool.
    • n blade A dashing or rollicking fellow; a swaggerer; a rakish fellow; strictly, perhaps, one who is sharp and wide awake: as, “jolly blades,”
    • n blade One of the principal rafters of a roof.
    • blade To take off the blades of (herbs).
    • blade To furnish with a blade; fit a blade to.
    • blade To come into blade; produce blades.
    • n blade That part of an iron head of a golf-club which forms the face or striking-surface.
    • n blade The broad part of a cricket-bat.
    • n blade A swords-man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.
    • n Blade blād the leaf or flat part of grass or corn: the cutting part of a knife, sword, &c.: the flat part of an oar: a dashing fellow
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.”
  • The Talmud
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    “Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blade, blad, AS. blæd, leaf; akin to OS., D., Dan., & Sw. blad, Icel. blað, OHG. blat, G. blatt, and perh. to L. folium, Gr. fy`llon. The root is prob. the same as that of AS. blōwan, E. blow, to blossom. See Blow to blossom, and cf. Foil leaf of metal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blæd; Ice. blad, Ger. blatt.

Usage

In literature:

A Gaelic term for the blade of an oar.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Shipping his oars, he began to row, using infinite care lest creaking rowlock or splashing blade betray him.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I parried a feint une-deux, in carte, with the parade in semicircle, and he came over my blade, thrusting low in carte.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Shovel.= Do not use the side edges of the shovel blade as a mattock, for this will deform the blade.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The National Collection at Dublin contains forty-nine specimens of these broad coppery blades.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
The blades should be at right angles to the thickest direction of the handle.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
The hoe's blade is 5 inches wide and its handle is 6 feet long.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
For sea-going steamers, however, the shape remains the same, the variation chiefly relating to the number of blades employed.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888" by Various
It should have a thick blade, should be fairly heavy, and its shaft should be stout and stiff.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
His sword quivered like a snake in its eagerness to feel blades against its blade.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
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In poetry:

The dragonfly
can't quite land
on that blade of grass.
"The dragonfly" by Matsuo Basho
Young man,
If you try to eat honey
On the blade of a knife,
You will cut yourself.
"Honey" by Edward Powys Mathers
WHAT they undertook to do
They brought to pass;
All things hang like a drop of dew
Upon a blade of grass.
"Gratitude To The Unknown Instructors" by William Butler Yeats
Sebald
My God!
Those morbid olive faultless shoulder-blades—
I should have known there was no blood beneath!
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning
And there was neither blade of grass,
Nor lone star in the sky
But shook to see some spirit pass
And took its agony.
"The King's Pilgrimage" by Rudyard Kipling
Shy blossoming primroses,
forget-me-nots of blue,
and here a blade and there a blade
of green things peeping through.
"A Little Bit Of Garden" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

Delta's New Full- Kerf Melamine Blades.
All Photos Tagged 'keychain' BLADE magazine is the World's Number One Knife Publication.
The rear-deploying blades are held in place during flight by a built-in spring clip that requires roughly 3 pounds of force to open.
Basic is best for keeping your knife blade in shape.
Man says he has gun in eatery stick-up, changes mind when cooks whip out blades.
Columbia River Knife & Tool's Photos BLADE magazine is the World's Number One Knife Publication.
Metal Blade / Bradley Kanaris, Getty Images.
Meet Blades' center, Drew Larman.
The quickest way to slice the potatoes is in a food processor fitted with a 1/8-inch-thick slicing blade.
Damper blades can become twisted or bent, linkages can bend or even break, etc.
As the deafening roar of helicopter blades sliced through the air and the Robinson R44 Raven lifted from Portage County Airport, Don Stombaugh left his worries and pain on the ground below.
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Emily Mombourquette stood on top of a log suspended a few inches off the ground Tuesday and methodically swung downwards with a broad-bladed ax.
A Gator Machete Pro This multi-purpose blade is a take on the classic Woodman's Pal and can be used as an axe or machete .
Runner-Up Prize: Gator Machete With a 18-inch blade of high carbon steel and a serrated spine, this machete will cut a swath through anything that needs cutting, including herds of roaming zombies.
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In science:

Considering the characteristics of the prisms in terms of parallelism and thickness differences, we have inserted compensating blades in order to correct these defaults and to be compatible with the OPD specifications.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
These compensating blades are mounted in cylinders which can be rotated along the optical axis.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Our understanding of this phenomenon is that the air blade between the two prisms of each polarizer is acting as a Fabry-Perot interferometer.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Therefore one should modify the instrument to introduce polarizers without air blades.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
In the 2-dimensional case, when the constraint is realized by a blade attached to the body, the system provides a hydrodynamic generalization of the Chaplygin sleigh, whose dynamics are studied in detail.
The Hydrodynamic Chaplygin Sleigh
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