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blade

1. the flattened expanded part of a leaf, sepal, or petal
2. the long narrow leaf of a grass or related plant
3. Archaeol a long thin flake of flint, possibly used as a tool
4. short for shoulder blade

blade

[blād]
(botany)
The broad, flat portion of a leaf. Also known as lamina.
(electricity)
A flat moving conductor in a switch.
(engineering)
A broad, flat arm of a fan, turbine, or propeller.
The broad, flat surface of a bulldozer or snowplow by which the material is moved.
The part of a cutting tool, such as a saw, that cuts.
(vertebrate zoology)
A single plate of baleen.

blade

1. The flat metal surface of a trowel with which plaster is applied.
2. The cutting part of a knife, plane, etc.
3. The broad, slightly concave surface of a bulldozer, or the like, which pushes the material being moved.
4. One of the principal rafters of a roof.
5. To remove, spread, or level a material such as dirt, or gravel by the use of a grader.

blade

i. A rotating airfoil driven by a helicopter engine to produce vertical lift. Also called a rotor blade.
ii. A rotating airfoil driven by an aircraft engine to produce a thrust force approximately in line with the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. Also called a propeller blade. It is restricted to that part of a propeller arm or of a rotating wing from the shank outward (i.e., that part having an efficient airfoil shape that cleaves the air). See propeller.
iii. A rotating airfoil that is a part of a compressor in a gas turbine engine. Also called a compressor blade.

blade

One component in a system that is designed to accept some number of components (blades). Blades can be individual servers or clients that plug into a single cabinet or individual port cards that add connectivity to a switch. A blade is typically a hot swappable hardware device, but a software architecture could use the blade terminology as well. See blade server and blade PC.
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The other knives in our test have standard drop point or blunt tipped blades, but the Speed Load Hunting comes with four blade types: drop point, guthook, caper, and utility.
Amazingly, two years earlier Blade had wanted to remain close to home but was spurned by Golden Valley High's administration when he asked for a job.
Look for a stiff blade of fiberglass or the like--you do not want the paddle to easily flex when you apply force in the water.
If the fan still wobbles, purchase a blade balancing kit at a home-improvement store.
The new blade system has four identical cutting blades, which can be rotated from top to bottom and front to back.
A novel blow molding process incorporates movable blades within the tool to create a ribbed structure for load-bearing automotive parts.
Having to change the blades in the middle of the night after working all day is what made it happen.
If you put the pins back in the blade cuff before the lube dries completely, it'll act like glue.
PC Blades provide users with desktop functionality from a centralized environment, an approach that according to the IDC white paper "The Tangible Benefits of Blade Clients" (April, 2005) can save time, space and money.
The host bus adapter industry needs to address the blade server market.