What does blood mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blood(noun)

    the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets

    "blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carries away waste products"; "the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions"

  2. blood(noun)

    temperament or disposition

    "a person of hot blood"

  3. rake, rakehell, profligate, rip, blood, roue(noun)

    a dissolute man in fashionable society

  4. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock(noun)

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

  5. blood(verb)

    people viewed as members of a group

    "we need more young blood in this organization"

  6. blood(verb)

    smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill


  1. blood(Noun)

    A vital liquid flowing in the bodies of many types of animals that usually conveys nutrients and oxygen. In vertebrates, it is colored red by hemoglobin, is conveyed by arteries and veins, is pumped by the heart and is usually generated in bone marrow.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  2. blood(Noun)

    A family relationship due to birth, such as that between siblings; contrasted with relationships due to marriage or adoption. (See blood relative, blood relation, by blood.)

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  3. blood(Noun)

    A blood test or blood sample.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  4. blood(Noun)

    The sap or juice which flows in or from plants.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  5. blood(Verb)

    To cause something to be covered with blood; to bloody.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  6. blood(Verb)

    To let blood (from); to bleed.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  7. blood(Verb)

    To initiate into warfare or a blood sport.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

  8. Blood(Noun)

    A member of the Los Angeles gang The Bloods.

    Etymology: blod, blod, blōþan, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch bloed, German Blut, Swedish blod.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blood(noun)

    the fluid which circulates in the principal vascular system of animals, carrying nourishment to all parts of the body, and bringing away waste products to be excreted. See under Arterial

  2. Blood(noun)

    relationship by descent from a common ancestor; consanguinity; kinship

  3. Blood(noun)

    descent; lineage; especially, honorable birth; the highest royal lineage

  4. Blood(noun)

    descent from parents of recognized breed; excellence or purity of breed

  5. Blood(noun)

    the fleshy nature of man

  6. Blood(noun)

    the shedding of blood; the taking of life, murder; manslaughter; destruction

  7. Blood(noun)

    a bloodthirsty or murderous disposition

  8. Blood(noun)

    temper of mind; disposition; state of the passions; -- as if the blood were the seat of emotions

  9. Blood(noun)

    a man of fire or spirit; a fiery spark; a gay, showy man; a rake

  10. Blood(noun)

    the juice of anything, especially if red

  11. Blood(verb)

    to bleed

  12. Blood(verb)

    to stain, smear or wet, with blood

  13. Blood(verb)

    to give (hounds or soldiers) a first taste or sight of blood, as in hunting or war

  14. Blood(verb)

    to heat the blood of; to exasperate


  1. Blood

    Blood is a bodily fluid in animals that delivers necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to the cells and transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells. In vertebrates, it is composed of blood cells suspended in blood plasma. Plasma, which constitutes 55% of blood fluid, is mostly water, and contains dissipated proteins, glucose, mineral ions, hormones, carbon dioxide, and blood cells themselves. Albumin is the main protein in plasma, and it functions to regulate the colloidal osmotic pressure of blood. The blood cells are mainly red blood cells and white blood cells, including leukocytes and platelets. The most abundant cells in vertebrate blood are red blood cells. These contain hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein, which facilitates transportation of oxygen by reversibly binding to this respiratory gas and greatly increasing its solubility in blood. In contrast, carbon dioxide is almost entirely transported extracellularly dissolved in plasma as bicarbonate ion. Vertebrate blood is bright red when its hemoglobin is oxygenated. Some animals, such as crustaceans and mollusks, use hemocyanin to carry oxygen, instead of hemoglobin. Insects and some mollusks use a fluid called hemolymph instead of blood, the difference being that hemolymph is not contained in a closed circulatory system. In most insects, this "blood" does not contain oxygen-carrying molecules such as hemoglobin because their bodies are small enough for their tracheal system to suffice for supplying oxygen.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blood

    blud, n. the red fluid in the arteries and veins of men and animals: descent, of human beings, good birth: relationship, kindred: elliptically for a blood-horse, one of good pedigree: a rake or swaggering dandy about town: the blood-royal, as in 'princes of blood:' temperament: bloodshed or murder: the juice of anything, esp. if red: the supposed seat of passion—hence temper, anger, as in the phrase, 'his blood is up,' &c.: the sensual nature of man.—interj. 's blood—God's blood.—adjs. Blood′-bespot′ted (Shak.), spotted with blood; Blood′-bolt′ered (Shak.), sprinkled with blood as from a bolter or sieve; Blood′-bought, bought at the expense of blood or life; Blood′-froz′en (Spens.), having the blood frozen or chilled.—ns. Blood′guilt′iness, the guilt of shedding blood, as in murder; Blood′heat, heat of the same degree as that of the human blood (about 98° Fahr.); Blood′-horse, a horse of the purest and most highly prized blood, origin, or stock.—adj. Blood′-hot, as hot or warm as blood.—n. Blood′hound, a large hound formerly employed in tracing human beings: a blood-thirsty person.—adv. Blood′ily.—adj. Blood′less, without blood, dead: without the shedding of blood: (Shak.) without spirit or activity.—ns. Blood′-let′ting, the act of letting blood, or bleeding by opening a vein; Blood′-mon′ey, money earned by laying or supporting a capital charge against any one, esp. if the charge be false or made by an accomplice; Blood′-pois′oning, a name popularly, but loosely, used of pyæmia and allied diseases; Blood′-pud′ding, a pudding made with blood and other materials; Blood′-relā′tion, one related by blood or marriage; Blood′-sac′rifice (Shak.), a sacrifice made with bloodshed; Blood′shed, the shedding of blood: slaughter.—adjs. Blood′shot (of the eye), red or inflamed with blood; Blood′-sized, sized or smeared with blood.—n. Blood′-spav′in, a disease of horses consisting of the swelling of a vein on the inside of the hock, from a checking of the blood.—adj. Blood′-stained, stained with blood: guilty of murder.—ns. Blood′-stone, a dark-green variety of quartz, variegated with blood-like spots of red jasper, the heliotrope; a brown ore of iron, hematite; Blood′-suck′er, an animal that sucks blood, esp. a leech: an extortioner, one who sponges upon another.—adj. Blood′-suck′ing (Shak.), that sucks or draws blood.—ns. Blood′-tax, conscription or universal military service, as drawing from the nation a certain number of lives or recruits annually; Blood′-thirst′iness, thirst or desire for shedding blood.—adj. Blood′-thirst′y, having a thirst or desire to shed blood.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Blood

    The body fluid that circulates in the vascular system (BLOOD VESSELS). Whole blood includes PLASMA and BLOOD CELLS.

Editors Contribution

  1. blood

    A type of body fluid in animals, human beings and mammals.

    Blood is a vital fluid that flows through the body of every human being.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 10, 2017  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Blood

    See “Penny Blood.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blood' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #981

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blood' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1357

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blood' in Nouns Frequency: #438

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blood in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of blood in a Sentence

  1. Rick Sacra:

    They can take antibodies they find in my blood and map them out, they are looking for the ones that are most important in neutralizing the virus.

  2. Robert Haas:

    That supplied two-thirds, or 75 percent, of her heart muscle with blood. That much was deprived.

  3. Mary Hirsch:

    Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.

  4. Khehla John Sitole:

    I am certain that the speedy response by the joint security forces has averted what could have been a more severe blood bath, it is rather unfortunate that such an incident takes place during a time when South Africa is being plagued by a deadly virus and violent crimes.

  5. Mike Hadl:

    She had to have two pints of whole blood and she lived four months.

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