Definition of blood
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 invertebrateb : a fluid resembling blood
2 : the shedding of blood; also : the taking of life
3a : lifeblood; broadly : lifeb : human stock or lineage; especially : royal lineage a prince of the bloodc : relationship by descent from a common ancestor : kinshipd : persons related through common descent : kindrede (1) : honorable or high birth or descent (2) : descent from parents of recognized breed or pedigree
5 : members of a team, staff, or organization : personnel a company in need of new blood
6 : a black 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
Examples of blood in a Sentence
The accident victim has already lost a lot of blood.
the blood in your veins
Recent Examples of blood from the Web
No matter that fraud and bad blood often increase after polling day.
During the national anthem, Pienaar bit his lip so hard that blood trickled down his chin.
Surprisingly though, despite the constant feeling of danger, the film is free from gore or even much blood (it’s only rated PG-13).
When officers arrived, Speck Mellencamp had blood on his face and would not provide investigators any information about his injuries, police said.
Surveying the situation, the opposition Labour Party smells blood.
Severe side effects — raging fever, crashing blood pressure, lung congestion — nearly killed her.
Great white sharks strike seals and then wait for their victims to die of catastrophic blood loss.
Blood spurts out of the man's hand for an extended length of time, causing the main characters to freak out (this seems to go on forever too).
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Origin and Etymology of blood
Middle English, from Old English blōd; akin to Old High German bluot blood
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of blood
1 : to stain or wet with blood
2 archaic : bleed 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
First Known Use of blood
BLOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blood for English Language Learners
: the red liquid that flows through the bodies of people and animals
: members of a team, company, or organization
BLOOD Defined for Kids
Definition of blood for Students
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.
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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