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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
blade
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a blade of grass (=a single piece of grass)
▪ A few blades of grass poked out of the dry earth.
razor blade
shoulder blade
the blade of a knife
▪ The blade of the knife cut cleanly through the rope.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
long
▪ The knife he slid towards her and into the butter had a menacingly long shadow blade.
▪ The long blade was whipped by the rye stalks.
▪ The long blades clashed and rang, their movement too fast for the eye to follow with certainty.
▪ But police now know the murder weapon was a knife with a ten inch long blade.
▪ Only then, as Rosten turned slightly, did Ben see the long, thin blade he held.
▪ The raider's spear rested across the pommel of his saddle, first light glinting on its long, polished blade.
▪ The long blade sang its death song, as it whirled in a gleaming figure-of-eight.
▪ Large expanses of privet need a longer blade, and the extra cost will be offset by the time saved.
sharp
▪ A spare mount had been brought and Victor was ordered, under the sharp blade of a Cossack sword, to mount.
▪ I saw them passing enormous sheets of colored paper and cardboard through the sharp blade of humming, dangerous machinery.
▪ Again, always use a very sharp blade to make any cuts.
▪ He took a scalpel from the pocket of his jacket and slipped the plastic sheath off its sharp blade.
▪ The once razor sharp blades have been replaced by wooden ones tipped with rubber.
■ NOUN
grass
▪ All her life had been spent surrounded by grimy bricks with hardly a green grass blade in sight.
▪ I can see wildflowers crouched among the blown grass blades.
▪ The grass blades tore, but their initial resistance sent him stumbling backwards.
▪ Even if the whole farm-very tree and grass blade of it dies.
▪ That's not a hair the axeman says it's a silk thread, a grass blade, the moth's antennae.
knife
▪ Unease slides through my brain like an oily knife blade.
▪ The underside of the handle is slotted to receive a knife blade which was riveted at the dolphin's tail.
▪ Hold a knife blade over the housing and it goes all over the place, proving the point.
▪ The 12in knife blade which was plunged into his buttock entered his abdominal cavity.
▪ Blood oozed out of the meat and stained the carbon steel of the knife blade.
▪ In the screaming, struggling melee, a knife blade in the wrong place was never noticed.
▪ He had felt the knife blade turning in his gut as he had talked, and he acknowledged it.
leaf
▪ Some species have green leaves, and others have distinctly colored leaf blades.
▪ The whole leaf blade is moderately curved with curled margins.
▪ The leaf blades are lanceolate to broadly lanceolate and the inflorescence is branching.
▪ It closely resembles E. macrophyllus and like the latter has no pellucid markings in the leaf blades.
▪ The leaf blades are lanceolate, ovate, round, or arrow-shaped.
▪ Their petioles are almost white; leaf blades are irregularly decorated with green, yellow-green, and white spots.
razor
▪ A boy would have better opportunities - of doing that nasty trick with the razor blade, for example.
▪ He turned off the cold water, picked up the razor blade and sat on the floor next to the tub.
▪ Are all matches, razor blades and sharp implements out of reach?
▪ I now remembered that I had put a razor blade under the insole of my shoe, and I removed it.
▪ After removing the tape, pare away any surplus adhesive with a razor blade.
▪ A razor blade or serrated knife will work well.
▪ Two guards were attacked with a razor blade and slightly injured.
▪ They were sharp as razor blades.
roller
▪ I roller blade and I am being taught to play hockey on roller blade.
rotor
▪ The synthesised components of the molecule look and act like a rotor blade, propelling the molecule around.
▪ There was also talk that these daredevils flew with their rotor blades overlapped by several feet, just for fun.
▪ Dark mosquito shadows across the hilltops, rotor blades beating the air, stirring the ground, pressing down.
▪ The grenade went up through the roof of my Huey, up through the spinning rotor blades.
▪ I have found it to be a great help if the main rotor blades are covered with a glossy white material.
▪ If you held the collective in flying position, the rotor blades would slow and stop.
▪ At the time of writing, however, the ideal design of the main rotor blade was still to be established.
▪ The disk formed by the rotor blades is what really flies.
shoulder
▪ Do not press on the spine or the shoulder blade itself.
▪ When a player took a shot, I felt it through my shoulder blades.
▪ Gobbets of pinkish-grey matter exploded from the exit wound below the right shoulder blade.
▪ With wet clothes clinging to her back, she looked skeletal, her shoulder blades poking up like sharp crags.
▪ Rotating skin on the shoulder blade 6.
▪ Narrow shoulders, indeed the shoulder blades were pronounced and his chest was rectangular.
▪ Place only the fingertips on the shoulder blade.
■ VERB
fit
▪ Some are also fitted with a blade break for safety.
▪ Blend all ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
hold
▪ A novel feature is the ability of the metal block to hold blades facing forwards or sideways.
▪ The unique magnetic clamp which holds the blade in place has been specially developed and patented by Martek.
use
▪ To help matters along, I used a new razor blade.
▪ Again, always use a very sharp blade to make any cuts.
▪ If they arrested me, I would use the razor blade to cut my veins.
▪ He refused the offer of any sword, preferring to use the blade he had forged with his own hands.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a ceiling fan with wooden blades
▪ a propeller blade
▪ razor blades
▪ The blade should be kept sharp.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A boy would have better opportunities - of doing that nasty trick with the razor blade, for example.
▪ A covered walkway, already damp with footprints, led under the Midwest Highway that cut the city like a blade.
▪ As the weight transferred to the Huey, the increased pitch of the blades slapped the air loudly.
▪ But every drop that fell contained the promise of another leaf, another blossom, another blade of grass in the spring.
▪ Do not press on the spine or the shoulder blade itself.
▪ Only £9.99, including a spare blade set, from most craft shops.
▪ Roasts are center cut, blade or rib end, and sirloin loin.
▪ Some species have green leaves, and others have distinctly colored leaf blades.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Blade

Blade \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. 28.

  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.

  8. 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.

Blade

Blade \Blade\ (bl[=a]d), v. t. To furnish with a blade.

Blade

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
blade

Old English blæd "a leaf," but also "a leaf-like part" (of spade, oar, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *bladaz (cognates: Old Frisian bled "leaf," German Blatt, Old Saxon, Danish, Dutch blad, Old Norse blað), from PIE *bhle-to-, suffixed form (past participle) of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Extended in Middle English to shoulders (c.1300) and swords (early 14c.). The modern use in reference to grass may be a Middle English revival, by influence of Old French bled "corn, wheat" (11c., perhaps from Germanic). The cognate in German, Blatt, is the general word for "leaf;" Laub is used collectively as "foliage." Old Norse blað was used of herbs and plants, lauf in reference to trees. This might have been the original distinction in Old English, too. Of men from 1590s; in later use often a reference to 18c. gallants, but the original exact sense, and thus signification, is uncertain.

Wiktionary
blade

n. (context soccer English) someone connected with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield%20United%20Football%20Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

WordNet
blade
  1. n. especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole [syn: leaf blade]

  2. a dashing young man; "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"

  3. something long and thin resembling a blade of grass; "a blade of lint on his suit"

  4. a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade [syn: sword, brand, steel]

  5. a cut of beef from the shoulder blade

  6. a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue)

  7. the part of the skate that slides on the ice

  8. flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water [syn: vane]

  9. the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge

Wikipedia
Blade

A blade is the portion of a tool, weapon, or machine with an edge that is designed to puncture, chop, slice or scrape surfaces or materials. A blade may be made from a flaking stone, such as flint, metal (usually steel), ceramic, or other material. Blades are one of humanity's oldest tools, and continue to be used for combat, food preparation, and other purposes.

Blade (disambiguation)

A blade is a sharp cutting part, for instance of a weapon or tool.

Blade may also refer to:

Blade (rapper)
Not to be confused with the Swedish rapper Bladee who is part of Gravity Boys and heavily associated with Yung Lean.

Blade is a British rapper. His first single, "Lyrical Maniac (Raw Bass)", was recorded in 1989 and brought Blade to prominence in the then-fledgling British rap scene.

Blade (video game)

Blade is a video game based on the 1998 film adaptation of the Blade character that starred Wesley Snipes. The game was developed by Hammerhead and published by Activision for the Game Boy Color and PlayStation in 2000. It follows the adventure of Blade with help of his mentor and friend Abraham Whistler, and with old remembered enemies like Dragonetti and Mannheim.

Blade (artscene group)

Blade, also referred to as The Blade Nation, was an underground computer artscene group that primarily released ANSI, ASCII, and high resolution artwork from 1994 to 1997, and during a brief time in 1998.

Blade (magazine)

Blade is a long-running consumer magazine about knife collecting. The magazine is based in Iola, Wisconsin.

Blade (soundtrack)

Blade is the soundtrack to the 1998 film, Blade. It was released on August 25, 1998 through TVT Records and Epic Records and featured a wide range of musical genres including hip hop, techno, electronic and alternative rock. The soundtrack managed to make it to #36 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and featured one charting single "Wrek Tha Discotek" which peaked at #42 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 19, 1999 for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Blade (film)

Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Snipes plays Blade, a human with vampire traits who protects humans from vampires. The film was directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer.

Released on August 21, 1998, Blade became a commercial success by grossing $70 million at the U.S. box office, and $131.2 million worldwide. Despite mixed reviews from film critics, the film received a positive reception from audiences and has since garnered a cult following. It was followed by two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, both written by Goyer who also directed the latter.

Blade (comics)

Blade is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Marv Wolfman and penciller Gene Colan, his first appearance was in the comic book The Tomb of Dracula #10 (July 1973) as a supporting character.

The character went on to star and co-star in several comic book series as well as a Blade film series and television series. Actor Wesley Snipes portrayed the vampire hunter in the Blade film series while Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones took on the role for the television series.

Blade (archaeology)

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Flint blade from Lithic reduction - Upper Paleolithic - Brassempouy, France - Muséum of Toulouse

]] In archaeology a blade is a type of stone tool created by striking a long narrow flake from a stone core. This process of reducing the stone and producing the blades is called lithic reduction. Archaeologists use this process of flintknapping to analyze blades and observe their technological uses for historical peoples.

Blades are defined as being flakes that are at least twice as long as they are wide and that have parallel or subparallel sides and at least two ridges on the dorsal (outer) side. It is important to note that blade cores appear and are different from regular flaking cores, as each core's conchoidal nature is suited for different types of flaking. Blades are created using stones that have a cryptocrystalline structure and easily be fractured into a smooth piece without fracturing. Blades became the favored technology of the Upper Palaeolithic era, although they are occasionally found in earlier periods. Different techniques are also required for blade creation; a soft punch or hammerstone is necessary for creating a blade.

The long sharp edges of blades made them useful for a variety of purposes. After blades are flaked, they are often incorporated as parts of larger tools, such as spears. Other times, the simple shape and sharpness serves the designed role. Blades were often employed in the impression process of material culture, assisting ancient humans in imprinting ornate designs into other parts of their material culture. Scrapers, used for hide working or woodworking, or burins, used for engraving, are two common such examples.

Cores from which blades have been struck are called blade cores and the tools created from single blades are called blade tools. Small examples (under 12 mm) are called microblades and were used in the Mesolithic as elements of composite tools. Blades with one edge blunted by removal of tiny flakes are called backed blade. A blade core becomes an exhausted core when there are no more useful angles to knock off blades.

Blades can be classified into many different types depending on their shape and size. Archaeologists have also been known to use the microscopic striations created from the lithic reduction process to classify the blades into specific types. Once classified archaeologists can use this information to see how the blade was produced, who produced it, and how it was used.

BLADE (software)

BLADE (Block All Drive-by Download Exploits) is a computer program that was developed by Phillip Porras and Vinod Yegneswaran at SRI International; and Long Lu and Wenke Lee at the Georgia Institute of Technology. BLADE is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Army Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research. The program is designed to prevent drive-by download malware attacks.

Blade (company)

Blade is a crowdsourced, short-distance aviation company based in New York City. Blade allows users to plan their own crowdsourced flights or purchase a seat on pre-existing flights between Manhattan, the Hamptons, Nantucket, Mohegan Sun Casino, and major surrounding airports. All Blade flights are operated by FAA-certified and DOT-licensed air carriers.

Blade (film series)

The Blade films are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. They were written by David S. Goyer, based on the comics by Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan. The three films were directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and Goyer respectively, and distributed by New Line Cinema.

The character was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan and was a supporting character in the 1970s comic Tomb of Dracula. In the comic, Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire while she was in labor with Blade. Thus, it can be inferred, Blade was born as a dhampir, a human with vampire genes.

Blade (geometry)

In the study of geometric algebras, a blade is a generalization of the concept of scalars and vectors to include simple bivectors, trivectors, etc. Specifically, a -blade is any object that can be expressed as the exterior product (informally wedge product) of vectors, and is of grade .

In detail:

  • A 0-blade is a scalar.
  • A 1-blade is a vector. Every vector is simple.
  • A 2-blade is a simple bivector. Linear combinations of 2-blades also are bivectors, but need not be simple, and are hence not necessarily 2-blades. A 2-blade may be expressed as the wedge product of two vectors and :


    a ∧ b.

  • A 3-blade is a simple trivector, that is, it may be expressed as the wedge product of three vectors , , and :


    a ∧ b ∧ c.

  • In a space of dimension , a blade of grade is called a pseudovector.
  • The highest grade element in a space is called a pseudoscalar, and in a space of dimension is an -blade.
  • In a space of dimension , there are dimensions of freedom in choosing a -blade, of which one dimension is an overall scaling multiplier.

For an -dimensional space, there are blades of all grades from 0 to inclusive. A vector subspace of finite dimension may be represented by the -blade formed as a wedge product of all the elements of a basis for that subspace.

Usage examples of "blade".

We all looked on with horrified amazement as we saw, when he stood back, the woman, with a corporeal body as real at that moment as our own, pass through the interstice where scarce a knife blade could have gone.

As more and more antenna blades were stuck to its skin, the once-graceful U-2 was beginning to resemble a porcupine.

The only difference between us and the Aztecs is one of method: we have anesthesia, we have antisepsis and asepsis, we use scalpels instead of obsidian blades to cut out the hearts of our victims.

In no case was the blade of the leaf, even the attenuated apex, at all inflected.

More than anything, she wanted to learn that dance, to weave her own sword in graceful circles, to feel her bare feet become so attuned to the moist grass below them that they could feel every blade and every contour in the ground.

The autogiro seemed to poise, motionless in the air, except for the whizz of the long-armed blades that rotated atop the ship.

He arced the scimitar into the neck of a burly Automaton, then pivoted to slice his blade into the head of a deranged woman.

He strode towards Alyssa, intent on avenging his comrade, but as he did so his blade flew out to the side and caught Barca a sharp blow on his kneecap.

Where Baria leads, Mesker follows, or will you now cross blades with your brother?

Biting off an oath, the fellow whirled to face Perrin, baring a good hand of his sword blade.

 The officer barked an oath and the blade leaped clean of the scabbard.

He had one of them folding pocket-knives with about a hundred blades: some for apples, some for pears, some for boys, and little ones for babies, thought Barnacle humorously .

Benito Barranca darted through it, clutching a lifted blade that flashed like glass.

The weapon was called the horned blade, a creation of the mad warlock Azran Bedlam, and it was evil.

The first angled blow was heavy as a battle-hammer and Bern barely got his own blade across his body and in front of it.