blood·​stain | \ ˈbləd-ˌstān How to pronounce bloodstain (audio) \

Definition of bloodstain

: a discoloration caused by blood

Examples of bloodstain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The junta responded with bullets, a bloodstain on Myanmar’s national memory. New York Times, "Myanmar’s Protests Are Growing, Defying Threats and Snipers," 22 Feb. 2021 Across from the Stepanakert market, in Room 6 of Nver Mikaelyan’s hotel, a maroon bloodstain still covered the bedsheets more than a week after the war’s end. New York Times, "In Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, Putin Applied a Deft New Touch," 1 Dec. 2020 Gregory Blue, 38, was arrested last Friday in connection with the Dec. 16 incident in the parking lot of the Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant in Montville after authorities linked his DNA to a bloodstain found near the crime scene. David Aaro, Fox News, "Connecticut assault, robbery suspect, 38, claims DNA planted at crime scene by airplane," 2 Oct. 2020 Forensic scientists still do the work of finding, for example, a bloodstain, but the robot can extract DNA from it. Alison Bowen,, "After pressure to clear languishing DNA evidence like rape kits, Illinois reduces backlog by 31%," 2 Sep. 2020 Police recovered a knife covered in what officers believed was blood by the kitchen sink, a bloody towel and a comforter with what appeared to be bloodstains on it, among other items. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cudahy woman stabbed her boyfriend after he tried to end their relationship, police say," 10 June 2020 Police at the time noted apparent bloodstains on Barton's clothing, which Barton said came from him having pulled Kuehler's granddaughter off the body. NBC News, "Missouri schedules nation's first execution during coronavirus pandemic," 15 May 2020 Image Federal prosecutors said that Mr. Rathbun’s DNA matched bloodstains that were found on the handle of the canister and on a partly charred Christian religious pamphlet that had been stuffed in the nozzle as a fuse. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Jewish Assisted-Living Home," 16 Apr. 2020 There was the urban carp mission that put us in a Phoenix motel with bloodstains on the carpet. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "Is This Lake the Best New Bass Fishing Spot in Mexico?," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bloodstain

1614, in the meaning defined above

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“Bloodstain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodstain

: a spot of blood on something (such as a piece of clothing)


blood·​stain | \ -ˌstān How to pronounce bloodstain (audio) \

Medical Definition of bloodstain

: a discoloration caused by blood

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