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

Four hours after the fatal crash, Milonis was in custody with a blood-alcohol level of .20 percent, a prosecutor told jurors. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Driver had 7 drinks, then plowed into pregnant woman’s car, killing her and unborn baby," 3 July 2019 Hawks’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he was tested at a police station, Rush said. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Man pleads guilty in drunken driving crash that killed three children," 1 July 2019 Police said Brent's blood-alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas, and prosecutors argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks that night. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Ex-Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent arrested after allegedly resisting police outside Wendy's," 1 July 2019 Police do not need a search warrant to test the blood alcohol level of an unconscious driver, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. NBC News, "Supreme Court rules cops can draw blood from unconscious drivers," 27 June 2019 The document says his blood alcohol content was .085, which is above Washington’s legal limit. oregonlive.com, "2 run over, killed while sunbathing in Washougal identified as German visitors," 26 June 2019 At the time of his death, Immesberger's blood-alcohol level was .256, over three times the legal limit of .08. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Tiger Woods no longer a defendant in wrongful death lawsuit involving drunk driver," 25 June 2019 His initial blood-alcohol content was shown to be 0.148 percent, far above the 0.08 percent legal limit in Arizona, officials said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Suspected wrong-way driver arrested in Pinal County after crash," 17 June 2019 Tyson said in court Thursday that her blood-alcohol level tested at .17, while the state’s legal limit is .08. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Woman pleads guilty in Waukegan DUI crash that killed two," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Travis Tritten: What that tells us is that these are two people who are equally cold blooded. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 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 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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