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blood

noun, often attributive \ ˈbləd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of blood

1 a (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
3 a :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
4 a :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 :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

  1. The accident victim has already lost a lot of blood.

  2. the blood in your veins

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Origin and Etymology of blood

Middle English, from Old English blōd; akin to Old High German bluot blood


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blood

verb

Definition of blood

transitive verb
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

Recent Examples of blood from the Web

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First Known Use of blood

1590


BLOOD Defined for English Language Learners

blood

noun

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

blood

noun \ ˈbləd \

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.

blooded

\ˈbləd-əd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

blood

noun, often attributive \ ˈbləd \

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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