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

Then, the researchers measured the osteocalcin in the animals’ blood. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Hormone secreted by bones may help us escape danger," 12 Sep. 2019 That connection led Karsenty to propose that osteocalcin was a hormone, released from the skeleton into the blood to help regulate functions in other parts of the body. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Fight or Flight May Be In Our Bones," 12 Sep. 2019 The company plans a facility with 36 beds where donors schedule appointments to donate their plasma, the liquid part of the blood that remains when platelets and red and white blood cells are removed. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Plasma donation center, which pays in gift cards, plans to open in Harwood Heights," 11 Sep. 2019 Then the blood is put in a machine that separates it into fluids of different densities. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment to Fix a Bald Spot—but What Does That Mean?," 10 Sep. 2019 The blood itself was considered unhealthy—even poisonous. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How tampons and pads became so unsustainable," 6 Sep. 2019 The man later charged in her assault is a serial killer who terrorized Detroit for months, police allege — and the blood the man left on her pants is now a key piece of evidence against him. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "‘I’m about to die’: A woman escaped a serial killer by stabbing him and jumping out a window, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 Chest CT scans, meanwhile, revealed some sort of material deep in the lungs blocking oxygen from getting into the blood. oregonlive, "Oil in lungs while vaping marijuana confirmed as cause for some e-cigarette illnesses," 6 Sep. 2019 Racing Secretary David Jerkens said field size, the life blood of a track, fell from 8.8 a year ago to about 8 — still considered robust within the industry, but yet another indicator of waves rocking the sport in the state. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: So far, Del Mar survives summer under horse-racing microscope," 2 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In return for this faith from the club, Lampard must stick with his young players, blooding them against top quality opposition. SI.com, "Frank Lampard Must Keep Faith in Chelsea's Emerging Youth - Despite Man Utd Thumping," 13 Aug. 2019 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

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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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