- 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.
- 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.]
- 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.]
- [Stock Breeding] Descent from parents of recognized breed; excellence or purity of breed.
- The fleshy nature of man."Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood." [Shak.]
- The shedding of blood; the taking of life, murder; manslaughter; destruction."So wills the fierce, avenging sprite, Till blood for blood atones." [Hood.]
- A bloodthirsty or murderous disposition.(R)"He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Was timed with dying cries." [Shak.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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