Definitions for: Blood

[n] the shedding of blood resulting in murder; "he avenged the blood of his kinsmen"
[n] temperament or disposition; "a person of hot blood"
[n] the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped by the heart; "blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carries waste products away"; "the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions"
[n] people viewed as members of a group; "we need more young blood in this organization"
[n] the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
[n] a dissolute man in fashionable society
[v] smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill

Webster (1913) Definition: Blood, n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl?d; akin to D. bloed,
OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth, bl??, Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr.
the same root as E. blow to bloom. See Blow to bloom.]
1. 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.

Note: The blood consists of a liquid, the plasma, containing
minute particles, the blood corpuscles. In the
invertebrate animals it is usually nearly colorless,
and contains only one kind of corpuscles; but in all
vertebrates, except Amphioxus, it contains some
colorless corpuscles, with many more which are red and
give the blood its uniformly red color. See
Corpuscle, Plasma.

2. Relationship by descent from a common ancestor;
consanguinity; kinship.

To share the blood of Saxon royalty. --Sir W.

A friend of our own blood. --Waller.

Half blood (Law), relationship through only one parent.

Whole blood, relationship through both father and mother.
In American Law, blood includes both half blood, and whole
blood. --Bouvier. --Peters.

3. Descent; lineage; especially, honorable birth; the highest
royal lineage.

Give us a prince of blood, a son of Priam. --Shak.

I am a gentleman of blood and breeding. --Shak.

4. (Stock Breeding) Descent from parents of recognized breed;
excellence or purity of breed.

Note: In stock breeding half blood is descent showing one
half only of pure breed. Blue blood, full blood, or
warm blood, is the same as blood.

5. The fleshy nature of man.

Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood. --Shak.

6. The shedding of blood; the taking of life, murder;
manslaughter; destruction.

So wills the fierce, avenging sprite, Till blood for
blood atones. --Hood.

7. A bloodthirsty or murderous disposition. [R.]

He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Was
timed with dying cries. --Shak.

8. Temper of mind; disposition; state of the passions; -- as
if the blood were the seat of emotions.

When you perceive his blood inclined to mirth.

Note: Often, in this sense, accompanied with bad, cold, warm,
or other qualifying word. Thus, to commit an act in
cold blood, is to do it deliberately, and without
sudden passion; to do it in bad blood, is to do it in
anger. Warm blood denotes a temper inflamed or
irritated. To warm or heat the blood is to excite the
passions. Qualified by up, excited feeling or passion
is signified; as, my blood was up.

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

Seest thou not . . . how giddily 'a turns about all
the hot bloods between fourteen and five and thirty?

It was the morning costume of a dandy or blood.

10. The juice of anything, especially if red.

He washed . . . his clothes in the blood of grapes.
--Gen. xiix.

Note: Blood is often used as an adjective, and as the first
part of self-explaining compound words; as,
blood-bespotted, blood-bought, blood-curdling,
blood-dyed, blood-red, blood-spilling, blood-stained,
blood-warm, blood-won.

Blood baptism (Eccl. Hist.), the martyrdom of those who had
not been baptized. They were considered as baptized in
blood, and this was regarded as a full substitute for
literal baptism.

Blood blister, a blister or bleb containing blood or bloody
serum, usually caused by an injury.

Blood brother, brother by blood or birth.

Blood clam (Zo["o]l.), a bivalve mollusk of the genus Arca
and allied genera, esp. Argina pexata of the American
coast. So named from the color of its flesh.

Blood corpuscle. See Corpuscle.

Blood crystal (Physiol.), one of the crystals formed by the
separation in a crystalline form of the h[ae]moglobin of
the red blood corpuscles; h[ae]matocrystallin. All blood
does not yield blood crystals.

Blood heat, heat equal to the temperature of human blood,
or about 981/2 [deg] Fahr.

Blood horse, a horse whose blood or lineage is derived from
the purest and most highly prized origin or stock.

Blood money. See in the Vocabulary.

Blood orange, an orange with dark red pulp.

Blood poisoning (Med.), a morbid state of the blood caused
by the introduction of poisonous or infective matters from
without, or the absorption or retention of such as are
produced in the body itself; tox[ae]mia.

Blood pudding, a pudding made of blood and other materials.

Blood relation, one connected by blood or descent.

Blood spavin. See under Spavin.

Blood vessel. See in the Vocabulary.

Blue blood, the blood of noble or aristocratic families,
which, according to a Spanish prover, has in it a tinge of
blue; -- hence, a member of an old and aristocratic

Flesh and blood.
(a) A blood relation, esp. a child.
(b) Human nature.

In blood (Hunting), in a state of perfect health and vigor.

To let blood. See under Let.

Prince of the blood, the son of a sovereign, or the issue
of a royal family. The sons, brothers, and uncles of the
sovereign are styled princes of the blood royal; and the
daughters, sisters, and aunts are princesses of the blood

Blood, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blooded; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To bleed. [Obs.] --Cowper.

2. To stain, smear or wet, with blood. [Archaic]

Reach out their spears afar, And blood their points.

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

It was most important too that his troops should be
blooded. --Macaulay.

4. To heat the blood of; to exasperate. [Obs.]

The auxiliary forces of the French and English were
much blooded one against another. --Bacon.

Synonyms: ancestry, blood line, bloodline, bloodshed, descent, gore, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, profligate, rake, rip, roue, stock

See Also: arterial blood, blood cell, blood clot, blood corpuscle, blood plasma, blood serum, bloodstream, bodily fluid, body fluid, breed, corpuscle, daub, debauchee, disposition, execution, family, family line, family tree, folk, genealogy, gore, homicide, humor, humour, kinfolk, kinsfolk, libertine, lifeblood, liquid body substance, menorrhea, menstrual blood, menstrual flow, murder, people, phratry, rounder, sept, serum, side, slaying, smear, temperament, venous blood, whole blood

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