blood

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbləd \

Definition of blood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a vertebrate animal carrying nourishment and oxygen to and bringing away waste products from all parts of the body
(2) : a comparable fluid of an invertebrate
b : a fluid resembling blood
2 : the shedding of blood also : the taking of life
3a : lifeblood broadly : life
b : human stock or lineage especially : royal lineage a prince of the blood
c : relationship by descent from a common ancestor : kinship
d : persons related through common descent : kindred
e(1) : honorable or high birth or descent
(2) : descent from parents of recognized breed or pedigree
4a : blood regarded as the seat of the emotions : temper
b obsolete : lust
c : a showy foppish man : rake
5 : members of a team, staff, or organization : personnel a company in need of new blood
6 informal : an African American male used especially among black people
in one's blood
: ingrained in one's nature : occurring as an innate or seemingly hereditary principle, inclination, or talent with two parents who are painters, art is in her blood

blood

verb
blooded; blooding; bloods

Definition of blood (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to stain or wet with blood
2 archaic : bleed sense 1
3 : to expose (a hunting dog) to sight, scent, or taste of the blood of its prey
4 : to give experience to troops blooded in battle

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Examples of blood in a Sentence

Noun

The accident victim has already lost a lot of blood. the blood in your veins

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It was subsequently used to catch his blood at his crucifixion. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 Bradshaw said more than 40 potential suspects were interrogated and had their blood drawn for testing. Michael Graczyk, The Seattle Times, "Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas," 11 Dec. 2018 When your mother is Madonna, a renegade spirit runs through your blood by default. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Is Shattering Beauty Stereotypes With Body Hair—Just Like Her Famous Mother," 6 Nov. 2018 For members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, a social media presence runs in their blood... probably. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kardashian-Jenner Babies Are Taking Over Instagram," 9 Sep. 2018 Millennial tendencies run through my blood, all right?! Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "I Used to Wake Up Sweating In the Middle of The Night — This Blanket Changed That," 27 Aug. 2018 Fireflies glow for two reasons: to warn predators to stay away (their blood is toxic) and, more importantly, to attract a mate. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 Dixon was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, aplastic anemia, in high school. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Dixon, Simmer, Wimbush win Comeback Player of Year honors," 18 Dec. 2018 Where Rivers departs from Midge is in her taste for blood. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rudy was caught by an inadvertent boot from Swedish centre back Andreas Granqvist after 30 minutes, and was left seriously blooded as a result. SI.com, "Germany Reveal Sebastian Rudy Suffered a Broken Nose During World Cup Clash Against Sweden," 24 June 2018 Liverpool Football Club is synonymous with blooding young talent into the first team with devastating effect. SI.com, "​Trent Alexander-Arnold Proves Why Liverpool Must Give Youth a Chance," 12 May 2018 Caucasian means weak blooded, weak bone, stale face. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Mueller probe should never have taken place," 31 May 2018 At the other end of play, Winslow came up blooded by the eye in a collison that left a few players on the floor. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Five thoughts on Game 4, Heat season on the edge," 21 Apr. 2018 Iniesta was handed his first-team debut for Barça in 2002 by manager Louis van Gaal, the same coach who had blooded Xavi during an earlier spell in charge. SI.com, "'Cancer of Barça': Camp Nou Legend Xavi Recalls Harsh Criticism He Suffered Early in His Career," 20 Mar. 2018 The question is, if Chelsea had any intention of blooding them next season, why spend around £110m on Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata to occupy their positions? SI.com, "Harry Kane Is a Rare Beneficiary of the Botched Modern Day Loan System," 15 Apr. 2017 With Mauricio Pochettino's record with blooding young players particularly impressive - his interest in the German comes as no surprise. SI.com, "Report: Arsenal, Tottenham Join Barcelona in the Hunt for Leon Goretzka," 5 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of blood

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blood

Noun

Middle English, from Old English blōd; akin to Old High German bluot blood

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blood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blood

: the red liquid that flows through the bodies of people and animals

: members of a team, company, or organization

blood

noun
\ ˈbləd \

Kids Definition of blood

1 : the red fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of persons and animals and that brings nourishment and oxygen to and carries away waste products from all parts of the body
2 : relationship through a common ancestor : kinship She is my aunt by marriage, not by blood.

Other Words from blood

blooded \ ˈbləd-​əd \ adjective

blood

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbləd \

Medical Definition of blood

1 : the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a vertebrate animal carrying nourishment and oxygen to and bringing away waste products from all parts of the body
2 : a fluid of an invertebrate comparable to blood
3 : blood regarded in medieval physiology as one of the four humors and believed to be the seat of the emotions
4 : descent from parents of recognized breed or pedigree

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