bleed

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English[edit]

A bleeding wound on a finger.

Etymology[edit]

From Old English blēdan, from Proto-Germanic *blōþijaną (to bleed), from Proto-Germanic *blōþą (blood). Compare West Frisian bliede, Dutch bloeden, German bluten, Danish bløde, Swedish blöda.

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bleed (third-person singular simple present bleeds, present participle bleeding, simple past and past participle bled)

  1. (intransitive, of an animal) To lose blood through an injured blood vessel.
    If her nose bleeds try to use ice.
  2. (transitive) To let or draw blood from an animal.
  3. (transitive) To take large amounts of money from.
  4. (transitive) To steadily lose (something vital).
    The company was bleeding talent.
  5. (intransitive, of an ink or dye) To spread from the intended location and stain the surrounding cloth or paper.
  6. (transitive) To remove air bubbles from a pipe containing fluids.
  7. (obsolete, transitive) To bleed on; to make bloody.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.VIII, Ch.xiv:
      And soo they souped lyghtely and wente to bedde with grete ioye and plesaunce / and soo in his ragyng he took no kepe of his grene wound that kynge Marke had gyuen hym / And soo syr Tristram bebled both the ouer shete and the nether & pelowes / and hede shete
  8. (intransitive, copulative) To show one's group loyalty by showing (its associated color) in one's blood.
    He was a devoted Vikings fan: he bled purple.
  9. To lose sap, gum, or juice.
    A tree or a vine bleeds when tapped or wounded.
  10. To issue forth, or drop, like blood from an incision.
    • Alexander Pope
      For me the balm shall bleed.
  11. (phonology, transitive, of a phonological rule) To destroy the environment where another phonological rule would have applied.
    Labialization bleeds palatalization.

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Noun[edit]

bleed (plural bleeds)

  1. An incident of bleeding, as in haemophilia.
  2. (printing) A narrow edge around a page layout, to be printed but cut off afterwards (added to allow for slight misalignment, especially with pictures that should run to the edge of the finished sheet).

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