blood

Blood most often describes the fluid that circulates through your body — the red stuff that seeps out of your finger if you get a paper cut.

Blood can also refer to temperament. If something gets your blood up, that means it makes you angry. You might even get so mad that it feels like your blood boils. You can also use blood to describe a common ancestry. You might have Scottish blood in you — that means some of your ancestors came from Scotland. Blood can also describe family members — you may get frustrated at your brother sometimes but he’s your own flesh and blood.

Primary Meanings of blood

1.
nv
the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets
smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
2.
n
the descendants of one individual
3.
n
temperament or disposition
4.
n
a dissolute man in fashionable society
Full Definitions of blood
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n 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”
“the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions”
Types:
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arterial blood
blood found in arteries
blood group, blood type
human blood cells (usually just the red blood cells) that have the same antigens
gore
coagulated blood from a wound
lifeblood
the blood considered as the seat of vitality
blood stream, bloodstream
the blood flowing through the circulatory system
blood clot, grume
a semisolid mass of coagulated red and white blood cells
cord blood
blood obtained from the umbilical cord at birth
menorrhea, menstrual blood, menstrual flow
flow of blood from the uterus; occurs at roughly monthly intervals during a woman's reproductive years
venous blood
blood found in the veins
whole blood
blood that has not been modified except for the addition of an anticoagulant
A, group A, type A
the blood group whose red cells carry the A antigen
B, group B, type B
the blood group whose red cells carry the B antigen
AB, group AB, type AB
the blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens
O, group O, type O
the blood group whose red cells carry neither the A nor B antigens
Rh positive, Rh-positive blood type
the blood group (approximately 85% of people) whose red cells have the Rh factor (Rh antigen)
Rh negative, Rh-negative blood, Rh-negative blood type
the blood group whose red cells lack the Rh factor (Rh antigen)
Type of:
bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour, liquid body substance
the liquid parts of the body

v smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill

Type of:
daub, smear
cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
2

n the descendants of one individual

Synonyms:
ancestry, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock
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family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
people descended from a common ancestor
side
a family line of descent
people
members of a family line
homefolk
the people of your home locality (especially your own family)
house
aristocratic family line
dynasty
a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
gens, name
family based on male descent
Type of:
family tree, genealogy
successive generations of kin

n people viewed as members of a group

“we need more young blood in this organization”
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
3

n temperament or disposition

“a person of hot blood
Type of:
disposition, temperament
your usual mood
4

n a dissolute man in fashionable society

Synonyms:
profligate, rake, rakehell, rip, roue
Type of:
debauchee, libertine, rounder
a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained

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