from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being on fire: The house is ablaze.
  • adj. Radiant with bright color: a maple tree ablaze in autumn.
  • adj. Fervent or excited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Radiant with bright light and color.
  • adj. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.
  • adv. Lit up brightly and with color.
  • adv. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. On fire; in a blaze, gleaming.
  • adv. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On fire; in a blaze; burning briskly: as, the bonfire is ablaze.
  • Figuratively, in a state of excitement or eager desire.
  • This was Emerson's method, … to write the perfect line, to set the imagination ablaze with a single verse.
  • Gleaming; brilliantly lighted up: as, ablaze with jewelry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lighted up by or as by fire or flame
  • adj. resembling flame in brilliance or color
  • adj. lighted with red light as if with flames
  • adj. keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitement


a- (“on, in”) +‎ blaze (“flame”) (Wiktionary)



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    I will be your Ferdinand and you my wayward girl
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    August 5, 2008