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bruise

[brooz] /bruz/
verb (used with object), bruised, bruising.
1.
to injure by striking or pressing, without breaking the skin:
The blow bruised his arm. Her pinching bruised the peaches.
2.
to injure or hurt slightly, as with an insult or unkind remark:
to bruise a person's feelings.
3.
to crush (drugs or food) by beating or pounding.
4.
Metalworking. to injure the surface of (an ingot or finished object) by collision.
verb (used without object), bruised, bruising.
5.
to develop or bear a discolored spot on the skin as the result of a blow, fall, etc.
6.
to become injured slightly:
His feelings bruise easily.
noun
7.
an injury due to bruising; contusion.
Origin of bruise
900
before 900; Middle English bro(o)sen, bres(s)en, bris(s)en, bruisen, representing Old English brȳsan, brēsan and Anglo-French bruser, Old French bruisier, akin to briser to break; see brisance
Related forms
unbruised, adjective
Can be confused
brews, bruise.
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  • He was bruised, shaken, pale as death, and out of breath when he got up.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I s'pose you're sorry some of us didn't get all cut up and bruised, so you could patch us up.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Both were bruised, Smith's body, Greer's head and shoulders.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • I'm mair likly to get the bruised reed intil my nakit loof (palm)!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • The memory of that bruised and battered face was warning enough.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for bruised

bruise

/bruːz/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to injure (tissues) without breaking the skin, usually with discoloration, or (of tissues) to be injured in this way
2.
to offend or injure (someone's feelings) by an insult, unkindness, etc
3.
to damage the surface of (something), as by a blow
4.
to crush (food, etc) by pounding or pressing
noun
5.
a bodily injury without a break in the skin, usually with discoloration; contusion
Word Origin
Old English brӯsan, of Celtic origin; compare Irish brūigim I bruise
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Word Origin and History for bruised

bruise

v.

Old English brysan "to crush, bruise, pound," from Proto-Germanic *brusjanan, from PIE root *bhreus- "to smash, crush" (cf. Old Irish bronnaim "I wrong, I hurt;" Breton brezel "war," Vulgar Latin brisare "to break"). Merged by 17c. with Anglo-French bruiser "to break, smash," from Old French bruisier "to break, shatter," perhaps from Gaulish *brus-, from the same PIE root. Related: Bruised; bruising.

bruise

n.

1540s, from bruise (v.).

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bruised in Medicine

bruise (brōōz)
n.
An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.

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