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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Blood
  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.
  2. Relationship by descent from a common ancestor; consanguinity; kinship."To share the blood of Saxon royalty." [Sir W. Scott.]"A friend of our own blood." [Waller.]
  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.
  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." [Shak.]
  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?" [Shak.]"It was the morning costume of a dandy or blood." [Thackeray.]
  10. The juice of anything, especially if red."He washed . . . his clothes in the blood of grapes." [Gen. xiix. 11.]

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.

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.

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.

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.

Etymology: OE. blod blood, AS. blōd; akin to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. blōþ, Icel. blōð, Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E. blow to bloom. See Blow to bloom

verb Blood
  1. To bleed.(Obs)
  2. To stain, smear or wet, with blood.(Archaic)"Reach out their spears afar, And blood their points." [Dryden.]
  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.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Temperament or disposition ("a person of hot blood")
  2. 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" and "the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions")
  3. People viewed as members of a group ("we need more young blood in this organization")
  4. The descendants of one individual
  5. A dissolute man in fashionable society
  6. Smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill

From Middle English blood, from Old English blōd, from Proto-Germanic *blōþą, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Bloud, West Frisian bloed, Dutch bloed, German Blut, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian blod.

  1. 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.
    The flows into the menstrual cup.
  2. 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).
  3. (historical) One of the four humours in the human body.
  4. (medicine, countable) A blood test or blood sample.
  5. The sap or juice which flows in or from plants.
  6. (obsolete) The juice of anything, especially if red.
  7. (obsolete) Temper of mind; disposition; state of the passions.
  8. (obsolete) A lively, showy man; a rake.
  9. Alternative letter-case form of Blood (member of a certain gang).

blood was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Dutch Low Saxon, and Middle English

Notable Persons Named Blood


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Notable Persons With the Last Name Blood

Nick Blood is an actor. He has been prominent since 2009. Nick was born on March 20th, 1982 in London.


Grace Blood is a student. Grace is also known as Grace Violet.


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His military service ended in 1940. General was born on November 7th, 1842 in Scottish Borders. He passed away on May 16th, 1940.


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Popularity of Blood as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Blood U.S.
  White 93.62% 64.26%
  African American 1.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.77% 16.26%

Of Last Name Blood

People with the last name Blood are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Blood

  • How Popular is the name Blood? As a last name Blood was the 5,964th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Blood? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Blood was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Blood: Your name in reverse order is Doolb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bdool. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Blood? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,770 people with the last name Blood.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Blood? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Blood as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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