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[n] the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
[n] flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
[n] the part of the skate that slides on the ice
[n] a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade
[n] a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue)
[n] a cut of beef from the shoulder blade
[n] something long and thin resembling a blade of grass; "a blade of lint on his suit"
[n] a dashing young man; "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"
[n] especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole


leaf blade, vane

Misc. Definitions

\Blade\ (bl[=a]d), n. [OE. blade, blad, AS. bl[ae]d leaf; akin to OS., D., Dan., & Sw. blad, Icel. bla[eth], OHG. blat, G. blatt, and perh. to L. folium, Gr. fy`llon. The root is prob. the same as that of AS. bl[=o]wan, E. blow, to blossom. See {Blow} to blossom, and cf. {Foil} leaf of metal.]
1. 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. --Percival. First the blade, then ear, after that the full corn in the ear. --Mark iv. 2
2. The cutting part of an instrument; as, the blade of a knife or a sword.
3. The broad part of an oar; also, one of the projecting arms of a screw propeller.
4. The scapula or shoulder blade.
5. pl. (Arch.) The principal rafters of a roof. --Weale.
6. pl. (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. --De Colange.
7. 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. --Coleridge.
\Blade\ (bl[=a]d), v. t. To furnish with a blade.
\Blade\, v. i. To put forth or have a blade. As sweet a plant, as fair a flower, is faded As ever in the Muses' garden bladed. --P. Fletcher.
\Blade\, n. 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. --H. Sweet.

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