Synonyms for blade

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So keen the blade, so soft the touch, the sleeper did not wake!

"You want to keep me here because you are afraid of me," cried the indignant Blade man.

Then he melted the dust and poured the hot liquid into a mould the shape of a blade.

Lay it on a flat plate, and bruise it with the blade of a knife.

Therein is the blade of the knife, the knife which falls and severs.

Then he turned to the nearest tree, and made a notch on the bark with the blade.

He dug it out with the blade of his pocket knife and unfolded it.

The former had my sword in his hand, and they were both examining the blade curiously.

Then she loosed a pen-knife with a blade as thin as paper from her silken girdle.

The sides of the wound gaped, and the blade was visible to my prying eyes.


Old English blæd "a leaf," but also "a leaf-like part" (of spade, oar, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *bladaz (cf. 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.



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