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Definition: To let blood
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Let
[Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. Letting
.] [OE. leten, l[ae]ten
(past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete), AS.
l[=ae]tan (past tense l[=e]t, p. p. l[=ae]ten); akin to
OFries. l[=e]ta, OS. l[=a]tan, D. laten, G. lassen, OHG.
l[=a]zzan, Icel. l[=a]ta, Sw. l[*a]ta, Dan. lade, Goth.
l[=e]tan, and L. lassus weary. The original meaning seems to
have been, to let loose, let go, let drop. Cf. Alas
1. To leave; to relinquish; to abandon. [Obs. or Archaic,
except when followed by alone or be.]
He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let.
Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,
But to her mother Nature all her care she lets.
Let me alone in choosing of my wife. --Chaucer.
2. To consider; to think; to esteem. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
3. To cause; to make; -- used with the infinitive in the
active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e.,
cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought.
This irous, cursed wretch
Let this knight's son anon before him fetch.
He . . . thus let do slay hem all three. --Chaucer.
Anon he let two coffers make. --Gower.
4. To permit; to allow; to suffer; -- either affirmatively,
by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain
Note: In this sense, when followed by an infinitive, the
latter is commonly without the sign to; as to let us
walk, i. e., to permit or suffer us to walk. Sometimes
there is entire omission of the verb; as, to let [to be
or to go] loose.
Pharaoh said, I will let you go. --Ex. viii.
If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it
5. To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to
lease; to rent; to hire out; -- often with out; as, to let
a farm; to let a house; to let out horses.
6. To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or
contract; -- often with out; as, to let the building of a
bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering.
Note: The active form of the infinitive of let, as of many
other English verbs, is often used in a passive sense;
as, a house to let (i. e., for letting, or to be let).
This form of expression conforms to the use of the
Anglo-Saxon gerund with to (dative infinitive) which
was commonly so employed. See Gerund
, 2. “ Your
elegant house in Harley Street is to let.”
--Thackeray. In the imperative mood, before the first
person plural, let has a hortative force. “ Rise up,
let us go.”
--Mark xiv. 42. “ Let us seek out some
To let alone
, to leave; to withdraw from; to refrain from
To let blood
, to cause blood to flow; to bleed.
To let down
(a) To lower.
(b) To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools,
cutlery, and the like.
To let fly
or To let drive
, to discharge with violence,
as a blow, an arrow, or stone. See under Drive
To let in
or To let into
(a) To permit or suffer to enter; to admit.
(b) To insert, or imbed, as a piece of wood, in a recess
formed in a surface for the purpose.
To let loose
, to remove restraint from; to permit to wander
To let off
(a) To discharge; to let fly, as an arrow; to fire the
charge of, as a gun.
(b) To release, as from an engagement or obligation.
To let out
(a) To allow to go forth; as, to let out a prisoner.
(b) To extend or loosen, as the folds of a garment; to
enlarge; to suffer to run out, as a cord.
(c) To lease; to give out for performance by contract, as
(d) To divulge.
To let slide
, to let go; to cease to care for. [Colloq.] “
Let the world slide.”
(bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin
to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel.
bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E.
blow to bloom. See Blow
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
2. Relationship by descent from a common ancestor;
To share the blood of Saxon royalty. --Sir W.
A friend of our own blood. --Waller.
(Law), relationship through only one parent.
, 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
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;
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;
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.
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,
(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
, a blister or bleb containing blood or bloody
serum, usually caused by an injury.
, brother by blood or birth.
(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.
. See Corpuscle
(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.
, heat equal to the temperature of human blood,
or about 981/2 [deg] Fahr.
, a horse whose blood or lineage is derived from
the purest and most highly prized origin or stock.
. See in the Vocabulary.
, an orange with dark red pulp.
(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.
, a pudding made of blood and other materials.
, one connected by blood or descent.
. See under Spavin
. See in the Vocabulary.
, 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.
(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