Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being on fire.
  • adjective Radiant with bright color.
  • adjective Fervent or excited.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

a- (“on, in”) +‎ blaze (“flame”)

Examples

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  • Elope with me Miss Private and we'll sail around the world

    I will be your Ferdinand and you my wayward girl

    How many nights of talking in hotel rooms can you take?

    How many nights of limping round on pagan holidays?

    Oh elope with me in private and we'll set something ablaze

    A trail for the devil to erase.

    (Piazza, New York Catcher, by Belle and Sebastian)

    August 5, 2008