Definition of blade in English:



  • 1The flat cutting edge of a knife, saw, or other tool or weapon.

    ‘cut cleanly using a sharp blade’
    • ‘Lay the clove on a cutting board and smash it with the flat of a knife blade.’
    • ‘The captured prince screamed and tried to get out of her grasp but she had the sharp blade of a knife pressed against his throat.’
    • ‘The knife was like a pocket knife, but bigger, the blade was still sharp.’
    • ‘She grimaced as she held the sharp blade of the knife against her hands.’
    • ‘He had a knife in hand, a very sharp knife with a blade almost a foot long.’
    • ‘As with all of of our knives, the blade is incredibly sharp with amazing cutting power for its size.’
    • ‘His words were cutting mercilessly into my heart like the cold blade of a sharp knife.’
    • ‘It suggests smacking the clove with the flat blade of a knife.’
    • ‘Copper pipe can be cut with a pipe cutter that has a blade designed for cutting copper.’
    • ‘Police have not yet recovered the murder weapon, believed to be a knife with a substantial blade.’
    • ‘Tear off excess paper tape at or near the floor, using the blade of your taping knife as a cutting edge.’
    • ‘He kept the knife blade flat against his wrist, hidden in the fold of his sleeve.’
    • ‘He produced a knife with a six-inch blade which he waved at the guard, forcing him to back off.’
    • ‘As he demanded money he struggled to open the blade of the knife before panicking and leaving.’
    • ‘Cutting blades need particular attention, but take care and consult an expert if you're unused to handling sharp implements.’
    • ‘Facing the garden, push the tool blade straight down into the edge of the turf about 3 to 4 inches.’
    • ‘The backerboard can be scored and snapped, or cut with a saw blade designed for cutting concrete and stone.’
    • ‘Coat the cutting blade often with silicone grease to prevent rusting.’
    • ‘Often the working blade of a tool is called its head, like the head of an axe.’
    • ‘There are two distinct operations in putting a really superb cutting edge on a blade.’
    cutting tool, blade, cutter, carver
    1. 1.1literary A sword.
      • ‘Daggers, blades and scimitars like his looked to be the weapon of preference.’
      • ‘He sidestepped and took a wild swing at her back, to be met by an arcing sword that struck his blade out of his hand and sent it whirling.’
      • ‘One look at the sword, a slender blade as smooth as ice, and she felt her mind sliding into soft clouds.’
      • ‘The pale man coolly smiled and blocked the blade with his own sword, then counterattacked his foe.’
      • ‘She crouched, turned, and swung her blade in a wide arc, making a sharp, whistling sound.’
      blade, steel
    2. 1.2bladesAustralian, New Zealand Hand shears used in sheep shearing.
      ‘Outside the museum is a model of a shearing shed from the colonial period with the blades for shearing and a wool press.’
      ‘Shearing was changed from machine to hand held blades which was a much longer process, but left a short coat on the sheep for protection.’
    3. 1.3Archaeology A long, narrow flake.
      • ‘Small worked flint blades known as microliths were perhaps the barbs of spears and harpoons with wooden shafts.’
      • ‘They consist of a large number of carefully made large blades and flakes and an unusually high proportion of finished tools including backed knives, scrapers and borers.’
      • ‘A small number of end scrapers made on blades have been identified at the Dash Reeves site.’
      • ‘In later years, microlithic blades and other structures were found near the site.’
      • ‘Distinctive long flint blades lay where they had been made around 11,500 BC, in a cold landscape swept by herds of reindeer and wild horse.’
  • 2The flat, wide section of an implement or device such as an oar or a propeller.

    • ‘A light aircraft had lost one of its propeller blades and a second blade was badly damaged, a report has revealed.’
    • ‘The engine and nose bowl have been restored to display condition while propeller blades from another aircraft have been fitted to the hub.’
    • ‘This device stops the spinning blade within three seconds of release of the handle.’
    • ‘They are the size and shape of olives, dark brown, and borne in a big, red, flat pod with lobes arranged like the blades of a propeller.’
    • ‘The gyroplane, which had both rotor blades and a propeller, had reached a height of no more than 20 ft after take-off when it started to nosedive.’
    • ‘The propeller stopped, its blades bent backward violently.’
    • ‘Twelve shiny propeller blades, each 18 feet long, await installation.’
    • ‘As you walk to the parking lot, you turn and glance back at the clean lines of the white wings and the black blades of the propeller standing proudly at the nose.’
    • ‘This involves a suction device with guarded blades which removes veins like a vacuum cleaner.’
    • ‘The stern rests on its port side, propeller with bent blades and railing curving up.’
    • ‘Two blades of the propeller are buried in the shingle seabed, with the hub just clear.’
    • ‘The car had a single propeller and rotor blades for flight.’
    • ‘Stand beneath one of the turbines and there is a powerful swooshing sound as the blades sweep through the air above your head.’
    • ‘Most of the paddles are homemade, with aluminum shafts and fiberglass blades.’
    • ‘If you have to deliver a certain number of turbine blades in order to make an airplane and half of them aren't there on time, that makes for bad industrial relations.’
    • ‘The helicopter's rotor blades began to spin, and before the rebels could even think of rescue, he had taken off.’
    • ‘As the entire fan including blades and chassis is made of clear plastic, the light should internally reflect around inside the fan.’
    • ‘I'm getting very sick the whine of fan blades spinning.’
    • ‘The fan, whose rotating blades had been disabled, had strings attached to the fan housing, radiating out from it through 360 degrees.’
    • ‘The first thing I noticed was the wind and cold exacerbated by the chopper's whirling blades blasting the freezing air down on us.’
    oar, scull, sweep, blade, spoon, spade
    1. 2.1A thin, flat metal runner on an ice skate.
      • ‘The four wheels and the metal plate on a roller skate are much heavier than the single blade on an ice skate.’
      • ‘He listened to the blades of Lydie's ice-skates glide across the ice smoothly.’
      • ‘Young men on blades are willing to do anything - take a puck in the face, throw their bodies into places they don't belong.’
    2. 2.2A prosthetic lower limb designed for athletes, consisting of a flattened length of carbon fibre with a long, curved section at the base.
      ‘Lydia is being taught to run on blades’
      ‘the Paralympics brought prosthetics such as running blades into the limelight.’
      • ‘He has been using his running blades - shortened versions of those used by Paralympics track athletes.’
      • ‘She is now able to sprint, jump and skip again using her new running blades’
      • ‘These blades are designed specifically for running and are made of carbon fibre.’
      • ‘Carbon fibre blades push off from the floor easily and absorb energy which makes them good for sports.’
      • ‘He accused rivals of running on blades that were too long.’
      • ‘Blades are measured between races and it is illegal under Paralympic rules to switch blades during a competition.’
      • ‘The blade is made out of carbon fibre which is very light, springs back into shape, and 95 per cent of energy you put into it will come back during running.’
      • ‘Andy has taught himself to ride a bike and is even running using prosthetic blades.’
      • ‘Before he had his artificial blades fitted at Nottingham City Hospital, he ran around the streets in leather cups - which were strapped on his knees.’
      • ‘The length of an athlete's blades is determined by a formula that includes his height.’
  • 3

    (also blade bone)
    A shoulder bone in a joint of meat, or the joint itself.

    1. 3.1The flat part of the tongue behind the tip.
      • ‘The sensory distribution of nerve endings in the tongue tip is especially rich while there are few receptors in the dorsum or blade of the tongue.’
      • ‘The lingual frenum can be located under the tongue and is a vertical band of tissue that attaches the blade of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.’
      • ‘When the front of the tongue is used, it may be the upper surface or blade of the tongue that makes contact, the tip of the tongue, or the under surface.’
  • 4A long, narrow leaf of grass or another similar plant.

    ‘a blade of grass’
    • ‘The natural element could be a leaf, a blade of grass, or a flower.’
    • ‘Not a leaf, not a blade of grass, stirred in the sultry air.’
    • ‘It is an exciting moment for me when I see a blade of grass or see a leaf of a tree, and when I listen to birds chattering and to running water in a stream.’
    • ‘While the majority of weeds have broad leaves, some may have narrow leaves similar to blades of grass.’
    • ‘The streets were covered with these buildings, and not a blade of grass nor a leafy tree could be found.’
    • ‘Joan chewed thoughtfully on a blade of grass, leaning against a tree with her arms folded behind her head.’
    • ‘Her eyes wandered to the ground and stared at a blade of grass.’
    • ‘A blade of grass glinted in his palm, wet with dew.’
    • ‘He plucked a blade of grass, splitting it in two.’
    • ‘The baby tottered to and fro like a blade of grass in the breeze, unevenly buttoned shirt flaps billowing wildly about.’
    • ‘The soft pat of paws hardly bent a blade of grass.’
    • ‘She looked up at him and pulled a blade of grass out of his hair and tossed it aside.’
    • ‘Everything was either already green - like a snake, bright as a blade of grass, sidling across the footpath - or in the process of becoming so.’
    • ‘The reporter did not see any cows or sheep, never mind even a blade of green grass, during the three-hour journey.’
    • ‘Seldom will a blade of grass have been more eagerly awaited.’
    • ‘I did put out a quiver-tip, which rocked back and forth like a blade of grass bowing and stooping before the wind.’
    • ‘For more than three hundred kilometres not a blade of grass was to be seen.’
    • ‘He slowly sat up and dusted a blade of grass from off his shoulder.’
    • ‘Leaves and loose blades of grass swirled within it too.’
    • ‘The grass feels cold and refreshing against my bare feet, the blades tickling between my toes as I walk.’
    1. 4.1Botany The broad, thin part of a leaf apart from the stalk.
      • ‘The iliac blade tapers and thins ventrally so that its ventral surface forms a sharp ridge.’
      • ‘The collar is where the leaf blade visually breaks away from the sheath and the stalk.’
      • ‘They climb on leaf blades and clip them off, causing the blades to fall unconsumed to the ground.’
      • ‘The mixture is pale yellow, flecked with blades of rosemary.’
      • ‘For one, I could hear insects moving and blades of wheat moving against each other.’
  • 5informal, dated A dashing or energetic young man.

    ‘the director, a young blade in an oversized suit’
    • ‘They were triumphant and he felt like a dashing young blade in football.’
    • ‘I should mention that we young blades came from the north side of the bog, a distance of more than two miles.’
    • ‘It isn't hard to see why the makers of the upcoming film chose to cast him as the spoilt young blade.’
    • ‘Our guide, Thomas, is an enthusiastic young blade.’
    • ‘Bonds are forged that endure as these young blades move into the world of work and family life.’
    dandy, fop, gallant, cavalier, man about town


[no object]informalUS
  • Skate using Rollerblades.

    ‘she loves to run, bike, blade, and explore the city’
    as noun blading ‘blading with the wind in your face…that's really nice’
    • ‘It is also home to a dynamic range of attractions and miles of wonderful beaches with paved paths for jogging, biking and blading.’
    • ‘Judy loved ice-skating as much as Doug loved blading.’
    • ‘Okay, we'll go back to my house and I'll change and we'll go blading.’
    • ‘Affiliates can offer their subscribers a chance to win one of four risky adventures: climbing in San Francisco; sky-surfing in New York; snowboarding in Alaska; or blading in Florida.’
    • ‘Action Man needs all his abilities and expertise in blading, diving, motor biking, parachuting and climbing - to fight against these evil-doers!’
    • ‘They started walking and blading to the pizza place.’
    • ‘I was down at the park this morning blading for about two hours.’
    • ‘I was blading (well rolling really…) down a very slight hill, and started to pick up momentum.’
    • ‘I really need to watch what I eat and start blading more.’
    • ‘Since it is a paved trail, it's perfect for running, cycling, blading, and cross-country skiing.’
    • ‘If you become a really skilled skater, blading backwards will give your legs an extra challenge.’
    • ‘I was down at the park blading with a bunch of church friends yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘No, actually, you're going to train with me, he said, you're really good at blading.’
    • ‘To go blading in Hyde Park was the only thing to do, and I made the novel discovery that it feels even better without your shirt on.’
    • ‘I grabbed his violin and bladed over to the counter where they were more than happy to keep it safe for the time being.’
    • ‘I was blading along the sidewalk near the church.’
    • ‘I bladed to Ian's house - about a-mile-and-a-half from my house!’


Old English blæd ‘leaf of a plant’ (also in blade (sense 2 of the noun)), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch blad and German Blatt.