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    What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    Hello everyone, I've learned a lot from this forum as a reader, but I found a word (blazer) that is giving me trouble. I've seen it used in some contexts that don't fit any of the definitions I've found in dictionaries.

    For example, blaze is related to fire, but blazer is never listed as a noun related to fire.

    I know it's used, as a noun, to describe a piece of clothing, but I don't understand what it means when used in these contexts:

    Fire Blazer: It's used in fantasy RPG games. It's usually an item or an ability that allows the player to shoot fire or fire balls.

    Ball Blazer: A 1980's Atari game. "One-on-one sports-style game bearing similarities to basketball and soccer. The objective of the game is to score points by either firing or carrying a floating ball into the opponent's goal. During development, the game was called Ball Blaster".

    Does blazer mean shooter in this context?

    Blazer: another game from the 1980's where you operate a tank.

    Is blazer used here to refer to the tank as an object that destroys other things or sets other things on fire?

    I also noticed that the word is not used often in everyday language, but it's used mostly in commercial products, like video games, or in sports (basket ball, baseball, wrestling, etc).

    Thanks!

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    Re: What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    I would say that, in that context, it probably is some kind of gun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    The tank's guns blaze away, giving rise to the name for me.

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    Re: What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    Guys, thank you very much for clearing that up for me!

    One more thing, for this particular usage, is it possible to add a noun as an adjective? Where that noun is the specific object that is going to be affected by this gun?

    For example:
    Enemy blazer or squad blazer, meaning that it's a gun that shoots fire to enemies in a war game.
    Heart blazer, I don't know, maybe the name for a romantic novel where the protagonist is heart breaker or something .

    Does that make sense? Or is the noun as an adjective always some kind of bullet? Something that comes out of the gun.

    Thank you!

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    Re: What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    I would consider 'blazer' in this context as slang or non-standard, so you can probably do whatever you want with it, although you may not be understood. I wouldn't understand what a 'heart blazer' is without a lot of extra context.

    I'd be able to parse 'squad blazer', without much context, although it's unclear whether 'squad' means it is operated by a squad, or designed to eliminate an entire squad with a single shot.

    Remember that a blazer is more commonly used to refer to a lightweight jacket, similar to a suit jacket.

    Edit: Thus making 'squad blazer' potentially more confusing without more context. It could also be a common style of jacket the whole squad wears.
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    Re: What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Remember that a blazer is more commonly used to refer to a lightweight jacket, similar to a suit jacket.

    Edit: Thus making 'squad blazer' potentially more confusing without more context. It could also be a common style of jacket the whole squad wears.
    I can see why it would be confusing in that case.

    As for the game Ball Blazer, there is no chance of confusion since a ball cannot wear a blazer.

    When I created the post there was a button or something to tag it as solved, I believe. I tried editing the original answer, but I couldn't find it.

    Thank you everyone for your replies and answering my question.

    Have a great day!

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    Re: What does the word blazer mean in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by esl-learner-5473 View Post
    When I created the post there was a button or something to tag it as solved, I believe.
    Don't worry- thread close automatically when no one posts in them for a while, and they fall off the current pages very quickly.

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