Definition of lifeblood in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The blood, as being necessary to life.

    • ‘This river is unlike the fire before, more focused, cool and steadily pulsing and mixing with her lifeblood and mending her core.’
    • ‘Each scale is cool as stone, but hot lifeblood flows underneath.’
    • ‘Lying on the ground in a pool of her own lifeblood was Chloe.’
    • ‘Somehow, the sight of all her blood, all her lifeblood on that shirt disturbed her, as did the ragged hole below the ribs.’
    • ‘His split lip closes as a spell removes the spilt lifeblood.’
    1. 1.1The indispensable factor or influence that gives something its strength and vitality.
      ‘the movement of coal was the lifeblood of British railways’
      • ‘The real issue is not job numbers, but the decline in good jobs - the very lifeblood of America's middle class.’
      • ‘Every day there are examples of unspeakable destruction, from the salmon to the redwoods - our lifeblood.’
      • ‘The other side of the palace looks onto the city's lifeblood, the Neva, at this point a wide and polluted river which catches and reflects the colours of the sky unlike any other.’
      • ‘Society has changed and not only are such families a fact of life, they should be recognised, and indeed welcomed, as the new lifeblood of the village.’
      • ‘What happens if that army thinks its lifeblood is choked off?’
      • ‘We've given ourselves carpal tunnel writing about how cars befoul the planet, and cars are the burbs' toxic lifeblood.’
      • ‘The power of a nation lies in its freedoms, its ideas, and its lifeblood including new immigrants which add fresh lifeblood.’
      • ‘The Ruaha National Park is rightly named after its lifeblood - the Great Ruaha River.’
      • ‘In Mrezat, water is the lifeblood of the people.’
      • ‘He said at the moment its lifeblood was not able to flow, adding ‘we see the park and ride scheme an absolutely crucial part of the healing’.’
      • ‘The lifeblood of democracy is the free exchange of ideas.’
      • ‘He is the essence, the lifeblood, the very marrow of the team.’
      • ‘Quiet precision of thought and speech is individuality's prerequisite, its lifeblood, its hallmark.’
      • ‘What gives the series lifeblood is excellent writing, inspired acting and good characters.’
      • ‘With 14,000 workers in 13 countries it has built a sizeable business with Asian and European carmakers but its lifeblood is Detroit.’
      • ‘The pride and lifeblood of the city was decimated in a single day.’
      • ‘Didn't matter though, as the charity's doors were closed because its lifeblood had been cut with the loss of its tax deductibility status.’
      • ‘Tonle Sap Lake is the lifeblood of Cambodia, providing the most important source of animal protein for its population.’
      • ‘Citizen participation is the theoretical lifeblood of democracy.’
      • ‘Roadside services on the A9 were banned in the 1970s to preserve the economic lifeblood of Highland villages.’
      life force, life, essential component, essential constituent, essential part, animating spirit, moving force, driving force, dynamic force, vital spark, vital fluid, inspiration, stimulus, centre, animus, essence, crux, heart, soul, core, kernel, marrow, pith
      élan vital
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