bloodhound

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bloodhound a breed of large powerful hound of European origin having very acute smell and used in tracking
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.
    • n Bloodhound blŭd"hound` A breed of large and powerful dogs, with long, smooth, and pendulous ears, and remarkable for acuteness of smell. It is employed to recover game or prey which has escaped wounded from a hunter, and for tracking criminals. Formerly it was used for pursuing runaway slaves. Other varieties of dog are often used for the same purpose and go by the same name. The Cuban bloodhound is said to be a variety of the mastiff.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bloodhound A variety of dog with long, smooth, and pendulous ears, remarkable for the acuteness of its smell, and employed to recover game or prey which has escaped, tracing a wounded animal by the blood it has spilled (whence its name), or by any other effluvium or halitus left on a trail which it follows by scent. There are several varieties of this animal, as the English, the Cuban, and the African bloodhound. Bloodhounds are often trained not only to the pursuit of game, but also of man, as of fugitive criminals; in the United States they were formerly employed in hunting fugitive slaves.
    • n bloodhound Figuratively, a man who hunts for blood; a relentless persecutor.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bloodhound a large hound formerly employed in tracing human beings: a blood-thirsty person
    • ***

Quotations

  • Lord Justice Topes
    Lord Justice Topes
    “The auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blód—root blówan, to bloom; cog. with Old. Fris. blód, Ger. blut.

Usage

In literature:

They were also provided with fierce bloodhounds to hunt down the terrified natives.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
The bloodhounds were the fiercest and most sullen-looking of all.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
From the hour when Deesha first heard the cry of a bloodhound, more than the barbarism of her native Congo took possession of her.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Part bloodhound, part water spaniel.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
At about eleven o'clock he saw leaping the front gate a tall raw boned bloodhound.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
They travel, when pursued, like bloodhounds.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
The midshipmen heard the baying of a bloodhound.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Nevertheless the use of bloodhounds, which placed Britons on a level with the Spanish crusaders, aroused general disgust.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Now all, old bloodhounds and young, proceeded to enjoy their hard-won victory.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
But if we are free-traders, we are not bloodhounds.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
***

In poetry:

At last he left his trusty mates —
The cause I ne'er could hear —
The bloodhounds of the law were told,
And after him did steer.
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
And Chivalry flies from the infamous Hun,
And liberty bleeds at the sound of his gun;
And Freedom and Justice are crushed in the dust
By bloodhounds of slaughter, and Hellhounds of lust.
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson

On thee he depends when he threads the dark woods
Ere the bloodhounds have hunted him back;
Thou leadest him on over mountains and floods,
With thy beams shining full on his track.
Shine on, &c.
"Freedom's Star" by Anonymous Americas
So pleads the proud planter. What echoes are these?
The bay of his bloodhound is borne on the breeze,
And, lost in the shriek of his victim's despair,
His voice dies unheard.--Hear the Puritan's prayer!
""Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve"" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"What become a yer bloodhounds, Lord Randall, my son?
What become a yer bloodhounds, my handsome young man?"
"They swelled and they died; mother, make my bed soon,
For I'm weary wi huntin, and fain wad lie doon."
"Lord Randall" by Anonymous British
We hunt your bondmen, flying from Slavery's hateful hell;
Our voices, at your bidding, take up the bloodhound's yell;
We gather, at your summons, above our fathers' graves,
From Freedom's holy altar-horns to tear your wretched slaves!
"Massachusetts To Virginia" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A bloodhound was called to help find one of two men who fled from law enforcement officers after reportedly being caught stealing TVs from Wal-Mart in the pre-dawn hours Saturday.
The guys from the Bloodhound Gang join T. The guys from the Bloodhound Gang join Thom West in the Point studio before their show at The Pageant.
All the bloodhounds in the world touch down.
This week's featured pets at Louisville's Metro Animal Services include a Bloodhound, Schnauzer, German Shepherd , and a Pomeranian, as well as Tom the kitten.
Ricky Rowland Maintenance Supervisor, Jason Hammann Bloodhound Underground Utility Locators, Todd Hart Amelia Village Mayor.
This week's featured pets at Louisville's Metro Animal Services include a Bloodhound, Schnauzer, German Shepherd, and a Pomeranian , as well as Tom the kitten.
Bed Bug Bloodhounds Join HPD Inspection Team.
This week's featured pets at Louisville's Metro Animal Services include a Bloodhound, Schnauzer , German Shepherd, and a Pomeranian, as well as Tom the kitten.
Detectives, patrol cops and bloodhounds combed through a brushy, autumn-dry greenbelt near where the backpack was found.
Bethel bloodhound on national TV.
Kara Berestecky of Bethel Park with her bloodhound Otis.
Police credit the Cape May County Sheriff K-9 unit who located the child utilizing their bloodhound.
The Bloodhound SSC, which generates an astonishing 47,000 pounds of thrust through a rocket motor fed by an F1 engine used as a fuel pump, will go carbon neutral for its land speed record attempt, the team announced today.
Dodi is one of five purebred bloodhounds being trained to track poachers in Virunga National Park, one of the world's most dangerous protected areas, and this was the team's first mission.
Early Saturday morning, Maggie, a 6-year-old bloodhound, was attacked by a pit bull while tracking a suicidal man in the woods.
***

In science:

We must go after cold molecular gas like bloodhounds, while avoiding a false dichotomy between ‘missing mass is all in DM’, and ‘missing mass is all in the ISM’.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary
***