lifeblood


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life·blood

 (līf′blŭd′)
n.
1. Blood regarded as essential for life.
2. An indispensable or vital part: Capable workers are the lifeblood of the business.

lifeblood

(ˈlaɪfˌblʌd)
n
1. (Biology) the blood, considered as vital to sustain life
2. the essential or animating force

life•blood

(ˈlaɪfˌblʌd)

n.
1. the blood, considered as essential to maintain life.
2. a life-giving, vital, or animating element: Agriculture is the lifeblood of the country.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lifeblood - the blood considered as the seat of vitality
blood - 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"
2.lifeblood - an essential or life-giving force; "water is the lifeblood of India"
force - a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

lifeblood

noun animating force, critical, life, heart, inspiration, guts (informal), essence, stimulus, driving force, vital spark Coal and steel were the region's lifeblood.
Translations

lifeblood

[ˈlaɪfblʌd] Nsangre f vital (fig) → alma f, sustento m

lifeblood

[ˈlaɪfblʌd] n (fig)élément m moteur

lifeblood

[ˈlaɪfˌblʌd] n (fig) → linfa vitale
References in classic literature ?
Once I felt the great weight of one of the monsters upon my back and as keen talons sank into my flesh I experienced the frightful sensation of moist lips sucking the lifeblood from the wounds to which the claws still clung.
It made me almost frantic in my desire to find some way to keep warm and cooling lifeblood in her veins.
Then they and the priestesses formed in two lines, with their little golden cups in readiness to capture a share of the victim's lifeblood after the sacrificial knife had accomplished its work.
There was a long line of hogs, with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away together; until at last each started again, and vanished with a splash into a huge vat of boiling water.
But Tarzan went abroad alone, for Tarzan was a man-thing and sought amusement and adventure and such humor as the grim and terrible jungle offers to those who know it and do not fear it--a weird humor shot with blazing eyes and dappled with the crimson of lifeblood.
Rise up, thou subtle, worldly, selfish, iron-hearted hypocrite, and make thy choice whether still to be subtle, worldly, selfish, iron-hearted, and hypocritical, or to tear these sins out of thy nature, though they bring the lifeblood with them
No man knows, till he experiences it, what it is to feel his own lifeblood drawn away into the veins of the woman he loves.
Tell her that through pain and danger you were faithful, and that, if your lifeblood could have saved me, it would have flowed to its last drop; and tell her that you will be something dearer than a father, and that my blessing is with you both, and that my dying eyes can see a long and pleasant path in which you will journey together.
The station's lawyer David Holland said it would end up as a boring report of the "Small Earthquake in Chile: Not many dead" type story with the lifeblood sucked out of it.
Make no mistake, tourism is the lifeblood of the local economy of North Wales.
Winning the right to go up a level is the lifeblood of any sport," said Burnham.
He said there was no mention of the holiday of stamp duty or empty property rates - two measures that were needed to help bring lifeblood back to the city.