blood

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbləd How to pronounce blood (audio) \

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 There are Black roots in the Midwest, sometimes hard to see, watered with blood, sweat and bitter tears. Joseph P. Williams Jr. Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "REVIEW: 'Black in the Middle,' edited by Terrion L. Williamson," 18 Sep. 2020 Singh then runs towards the woman, who is seen on video laying on the ground with blood on her dress. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Texas police officer indicted in shooting death of woman struck when he fired shots at an unrestrained dog," 18 Sep. 2020 Investigators discovered clothing and cash stained with blood, authorities said. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish grand jury indicts Gretna man with murder in father's beating death," 11 Sep. 2020 Littleman was found passed out and with blood on his clothing, according to police. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff police arrest man in connection with shooting at downtown home," 6 Sep. 2020 That same day, her ex-husband tracked her down, and Preacher went to check on her only to find an empty house with blood on the floor. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Virgin River' Season 2: Everything We Know About the Popular Netflix Show's Return," 4 Sep. 2020 During the course of his tumultuous presidency, Trump’s doom-mongering nativism has echoed in the manifestoes and messaging of a number of far-right shooters with blood on their hands from a Pennsylvania synagogue to a mosque in New Zealand. Washington Post, "Trump looms over a new age of far-right militancy," 1 Sep. 2020 According to court documents, Melbin Martinez, 39, was found lying on the ground on May 28 at a house near 2900 South and 3000 West with blood on his hands and face. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah man charged with murdering handyman who was working next door," 21 Aug. 2020 The staff’s computer keyboards were smeared with blood. Seema Jilani, The New York Review of Books, "Broken Glass, Blood, and Anguish: Beirut After the Blast," 18 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some COVID-19 patients have been found to have blood oxygen levels below 65%. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "'Something we've never seen before': Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus," 18 May 2020 Some COVID-19 patients have been found to have blood oxygen levels below 65%. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ""Something we've never seen before." Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus," 16 May 2020 Additionally, some research says that dinosaurs were neither warm- or cold-blooded but lived in the space in between, known as mesotherms. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Were Dinosaurs Warm-Blooded? Ancient Eggshells Point to 'Yes'," 19 Feb. 2020 White sharks, another winter visitor to Florida waters, are warm blooded, and can handle a wider range of temperatures. Kimberly Miller, USA TODAY, "Lower number of shark bites off Florida coast may not be good news. Here's why.," 25 Jan. 2020 Connor made up for blooding Girard by scoring seven seconds into Nazem Kadri’s ensuing penalty for interference. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Kyle Connor’s hat trick lifts Winnipeg to 7-4 victory over the Avalanche," 31 Dec. 2019 Everything suggests Pep can blood some youngsters in midweek and not risk damaging City's European campaign. SI.com, "Manchester City: The XI That Should Start Against Atalanta," 21 Oct. 2019 Surely, in this time of peak technology, even the purest-blooded of magical teens would suffer a spark of FOMO vis-à-vis the innovations of their nonmagical brethren? Jason Kehe, Wired, "Harry Potter and the Curse of Technology," 11 Dec. 2019 The Spurs manager is renowned for giving his new signings as long as possible before blooding them into the first team, with Tanguy Ndombele an anomaly during Pochettino's time at the club. SI.com, "It's Time for Mauricio Pochettino to Ditch Christian Eriksen and Go All in on Giovani Lo Celso," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for blood

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The first known use of blood was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for blood

blood

noun
How to pronounce blood (audio)

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 How to pronounce blood (audio) \

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 How to pronounce blood (audio) \

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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