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Gang \Gang\, n. [Icel. gangr a going, gang, akin to AS., D., G., & Dan. gang a going, Goth. gaggs street, way. See Gang, v. i.]

  1. A going; a course. [Obs.]

  2. A number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad; as, a gang of sailors; a chain gang; a gang of thieves.

  3. A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set; as, a gang of saws, or of plows.

  4. (Naut.) A set; all required for an outfit; as, a new gang of stays.

  5. [Cf. Gangue.] (Mining) The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.

  6. A group of teenagers or young adults forming a more or less formalized group associating for social purposes, in some cases requiring initiation rites to join; as, a teen gang; a youth gang; a street gang.

    Note: Youth gangs often associate with particular areas in a city, and may turn violent when they feel their territory is encroached upon. In Los Angeles the Crips and the Bloods are large gangs antagonistic to each other.

  7. A group of persons organized for criminal purposes; a criminal organization; as, the Parker gang. Gang board, or Gang plank. (Naut.)

    1. A board or plank, with cleats for steps, forming a bridge by which to enter or leave a vessel.

    2. A plank within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist, for the sentinel to walk on.

      Gang cask, a small cask in which to bring water aboard ships or in which it is kept on deck.

      Gang cultivator, Gang plow, a cultivator or plow in which several shares are attached to one frame, so as to make two or more furrows at the same time.

      Gang days, Rogation days; the time of perambulating parishes. See Gang week (below).

      Gang drill, a drilling machine having a number of drills driven from a common shaft.

      Gang master, a master or employer of a gang of workmen.

      Gang plank. See Gang board (above).

      Gang plow. See Gang cultivator (above).

      Gang press, a press for operating upon a pile or row of objects separated by intervening plates.

      Gang saw, a saw fitted to be one of a combination or gang of saws hung together in a frame or sash, and set at fixed distances apart.

      Gang tide. See Gang week (below).

      Gang tooth, a projecting tooth. [Obs.]

      Gang week, Rogation week, when formerly processions were made to survey the bounds of parishes.

      Live gang, or Round gang, the Western and the Eastern names, respectively, for a gang of saws for cutting the round log into boards at one operation.

      Slabbing gang, an arrangement of saws which cuts slabs from two sides of a log, leaving the middle part as a thick beam.


n. (plural of blood English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: blood)


The Bloods are a primarily, though not exclusively, African American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California. The gang is widely known for its rivalry with the Crips. They are identified by the red color worn by their members and by particular gang symbols, including distinctive hand signs.

The Bloods comprise various sub-groups known as "sets" between which significant differences exist such as colors, clothing, and operations, and political ideas which may be in open conflict with each other. Since their creation, the Bloods gangs have branched out throughout the United States.

Bloods have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases.

Usage examples of "bloods".

The contest between the two bloods in his system would probably tear the changer to pieces, but I have no idea if even that would kill him.