Definition of "blood" []

  • The fluid consisting of plasma, blood cells, and platelets that is circulated by the heart through the vertebrate vascular system, carrying oxygen and nutrients to and waste materials away from all body tissues. (noun)
  • A functionally similar fluid in animals other than vertebrates. (noun)
  • The juice or sap of certain plants. (noun)
  • A vital or animating force; lifeblood. (noun)
  • One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, identified with the blood found in blood vessels, and thought to cause cheerfulness. (noun)
  • A reddish fluid in vertebrates that is pumped by the heart through the arteries and veins, supplies tissues with nutrients, oxygen, etc, and removes waste products. It consists of a fluid (see blood plasma) containing cells (erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets) (noun)

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  • A similar fluid in such invertebrates as annelids and arthropods (noun)
  • Bloodshed, esp when resulting in murder (noun)
  • The guilt or responsibility for killing or injuring (esp in the phrase have blood on one's hands or head) (noun)
  • Life itself; lifeblood (noun)
  • Relationship through being of the same family, race, or kind; kinship (noun)
  • Ethnic or national descent (noun)
  • Temperament; disposition; temper (noun)
  • Good or pure breeding; pedigree (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • People viewed as members of a group, esp as an invigorating force (in the phrases new blood, young blood) (noun)
  • A dashing young man; dandy; rake (noun)
  • The sensual or carnal nature of man (noun)
  • One of the four bodily humours (noun)
  • To cause (young hounds) to taste the blood of a freshly killed quarry and so become keen to hunt (verb)
  • To smear the cheeks or forehead of (a person) with the blood of the kill as an initiation in hunting (verb)
  • To initiate (a person) to an activity or organization, esp by real-life experience (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "blood" in a sentence
  • "Through transubstantiation, the bread and wine consumed by worshipers become the body and blood of Jesus when a priest, acting on Jesus’ behalf, speaks the words “This is my body” and “This is my blood” over them."
  • "The influence which can be exercised on these tissues is exercised through the blood which nourishes all of them alike, and which has the wonderful capacity of carrying to each of them their necessary building and rebuilding, or regenerating materials, -- _provided, of course, that these are, as they should be, present in the blood_."
  • "These tissues are dependent directly upon the condition and contents of the blood, whose office it is to nourish them and which exhibits the wonderful property of conveying to each tissue its selective regenerative materials, _provided of course, that these elements are present at the time in the blood_."