verb (used with object)
Origin of blood
Examples from the Web for blood
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Royal Family has benefited hugely from the American blood in its veins.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In its over 1,000-year history, the land has soaked in the blood of millions of people.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible|Anna Nemtsova|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There's blood on many hands tonight…That blood on the hands starts at City Hall in the Office of the Mayor.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As I tried to get upright, I realized with horror that the blood was my own.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She spied the sword, picked it up, and seeing the blood, let it fall again with her hands thrown wide.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
I tell you she is pure as those above—but there is his blood upon my hands.The Star-Gazers|George Manville Fenn
From the blood, thus imperfectly purified, may result kidney troubles and various diseases of the liver and the stomach.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
"I cannot expel the passion that rankles in my blood," Basil interposed darkly.Under the Witches' Moon|Nathan Gallizier
No blood can pass through a vein that is closed by resistance, nor can it ever do it until resistance is suspended.Philosophy of Osteopathy|Andrew T. Still
British Dictionary definitions for blood (1 of 2)
- near kindred or kinship, esp that between a parent and child
- human nature (esp in the phrase it's more than flesh and blood can stand)
- good or pure breeding; pedigree
- (as modifier)blood horses
Word Origin for blood
British Dictionary definitions for blood (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for blood (1 of 2)
Old English blod "blood," from Proto-Germanic *blodam "blood" (cf. Old Frisian blod, Old Saxon blôd, Old Norse bloð, Middle Dutch bloet, Dutch bloed, Old High German bluot, German Blut, Gothic bloþ), from PIE *bhlo-to-, perhaps meaning "to swell, gush, spurt," or "that which bursts out" (cf. Gothic bloþ "blood," bloma "flower"), in which case it would be from suffixed form of *bhle-, extended form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
There seems to have been an avoidance in Germanic, perhaps from taboo, of other PIE words for "blood," such as *esen- (cf. poetic Greek ear, Old Latin aser, Sanskrit asrk, Hittite eshar); also *krew-, which seems to have had a sense of "blood outside the body, gore from a wound" (cf. Latin cruour "blood from a wound," Greek kreas "meat"), which came to mean simply "blood" in the Balto-Slavic group and some other languages.
Inheritance and relationship senses (also found in Latin sanguis, Greek haima) emerged in English by mid-13c. Meaning "person of one's family, race, kindred" is late 14c. As the seat of passions, it is recorded from c.1300. Slang meaning "hot spark, a man of fire" [Johnson] is from 1560s. Blood pressure attested from 1862. Blood money is from 1530s; originally money paid for causing the death of another.
Blood type is from 1928. That there were different types of human blood was discovered c.1900 during early experiments in transfusion. To get blood from a stone "do the impossible" is from 1660s. Expression blood is thicker than water attested by 1803, in reference to family ties of those separated by distance. New (or fresh) blood, in reference to members of an organization or group is from 1880.
Word Origin and History for blood (1 of 2)
1590s, "to smeart with blood;" 1620s, "to cause to bleed," from blood (n.). Meaning "to give an animal its first taste of blood" is from 1781. Related: Blooded; blooding.
Medicine definitions for blood
Science definitions for blood
Culture definitions for blood
The fluid circulating through the heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries of the circulatory system. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body and removes waste materials and carbon dioxide. It is composed of plasma (mainly water, but with a mixture of hormones, nutrients, gases, antibodies, and wastes), red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which help combat infection), and platelets (which help the blood clot).
Idioms and Phrases with blood
In addition to the idiom beginning with blood
- blood is thicker than water
- bad blood
- draw blood
- flesh and blood
- in cold blood
- in one's blood
- make one's blood boil
- make one's blood run cold
- new blood
- out for (blood)
- run in the blood (family)
- scream bloody murder
- shed blood
- sporting blood
- sweat blood
Also see underbleed.