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

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 Cantero sent the patient to the lab, where a half dozen tubes of blood were drawn and sent off. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Police had reported finding traces of blood in Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira's boat. Landon Mion, Fox News, 15 June 2022 Last week, police also reported finding traces of blood in Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira’s boat. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 15 June 2022 Kathleen went into the house and was later found dead in a sea of blood at the bottom of a staircase. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 15 June 2022 Police have also reported finding traces of blood in the boat of a fisherman who is under arrest as the only suspect in the disappearance. Fabiano Maisonnave, ajc, 13 June 2022 The left side then has to work harder to pump the same amount of blood. Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 8 June 2022 Miah Cerrillo, a fourth-grader who smeared herself with her murdered friend’s blood to play dead and stay alive during last month's mass shooting at a Uvalde elementary school, should be two weeks into her summer vacation. Candy Woodall, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Videos appearing to be from the scene of the attack showed church worshippers lying in pools of blood while people around them wailed. Time, 6 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Haji believes Vipingo Ridge's efforts to blood the next generation of golfing talent are reflective of the sport's increasing popularity in Kenya. Jack Bantock, CNN, 6 May 2022 How long after getting the J&J vaccine can blood clots occur? Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 19 Dec. 2021 The challenge of 2020 will be starting to blood them in the big leagues without overwhelming them, allowing the players to finish their development at a reasonable pace. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Some COVID-19 patients have been found to have blood oxygen levels below 65%. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, 18 May 2020 Some COVID-19 patients have been found to have blood oxygen levels below 65%. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 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, 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, 31 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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19 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for blood

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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