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

Since the Spanish constitution protects bullfights as part of the nation's cultural heritage, new regulations usually aim at turning them into blood-free shows, banning any torment to the bull. Aritz Parra, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Macho' Spanish bull festival feels heat from #MeToo, animal rights activists," 6 July 2018 Since the Spanish constitution protects corridas as part of the nation’s cultural heritage, new regulations usually aim at turning them into blood-free shows, banning any torment to the bull. Time, "Issues of Sexual Abuse and Animal Rights Dominate This Year's Pamplona Bull Festival," 6 July 2018 Vaughn said coyotes are often feared and are frequently misportrayed as vengeful, blood-thirsty creatures. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Small dogs no match for coyotes in metro Detroit, attacks on the rise," 4 June 2018 Hap loaded his tank onto an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) and, despite his Viking blood, vomited into the English Channel while the first wave landed. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family soldiers on in battle never fully lost or won," 4 June 2018 As if that whole blood-sucking aspect weren’t bad enough, ticks can infect you with a whole host of illnesses during this process. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Abigail Barriga and Naina Akbar were trying to draw blood. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Youths explore medicine at Global Teen Medical Summit," 13 July 2018 Will an animated Dracula draw blood from Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper at the weekend box office? Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box-Office Preview: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Could Topple Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper'," 12 July 2018 After the infamous photo of her holding a Donald Trump mask covered in fake blood, Kathy Griffin's life and career were seriously derailed. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Kathy Griffin Comes Back With a Vengeance in 'Laugh Your Head Off' Tour," 27 June 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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