Definition of lifeblood in English:

lifeblood

Line breaks: life|blood
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪfblʌd
 
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noun

[mass noun] literary
  • 1The blood, as being necessary to life.
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    • Somehow, the sight of all her blood, all her lifeblood on that shirt disturbed her, as did the ragged hole below the ribs.
    • This river is unlike the fire before, more focused, cool and steadily pulsing and mixing with her lifeblood and mending her core.
    • His split lip closes as a spell removes the spilt lifeblood.
  • 1.1The indispensable factor or influence that gives something its strength and vitality: the movement of coal was the lifeblood of British railways
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    • He is the essence, the lifeblood, the very marrow of the team.
    • The power of a nation lies in its freedoms, its ideas, and its lifeblood including new immigrants which add fresh lifeblood.
    • What gives the series lifeblood is excellent writing, inspired acting and good characters.
    Synonyms
    life force, life, essential part/component/constituent, animating spirit, moving force, driving force, dynamic force, vital spark, vital fluid, inspiration, stimulus, centre, animus, essence, crux, heart, soul, core, kernel, marrow, pith; French élan vital
    informal guts
    Philosophy quiddity

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