- to lose blood from the vascular system, either internally into the body or externally through a natural orifice or break in the skin: to bleed from the mouth.
- (of injured tissue, excrescences, etc.) to exude blood: a wart that is bleeding.
- (of a plant) to exude sap, resin, etc., from a wound.
- (of dye or paint) to run or become diffused: All the colors bled when the dress was washed.
- (of a liquid) to ooze or flow out.
- to feel pity, sorrow, or anguish: My heart bleeds for you. A nation bleeds for its dead heroes.
- to suffer wounds or death, as in battle: The soldiers bled for the cause.
- (of a broadcast signal) to interfere with another signal: CB transmissions bleeding over into walkie-talkies.
- Printing. (of printed matter) to run off the edges of a page, either by design or through mutilation caused by too close trimming.
- Slang. to pay out money, as when overcharged or threatened with extortion.
- Metallurgy. (of a cooling ingot or casting) to have molten metal force its way through the solidified exterior because of internal gas pressure.
- to cause to lose blood, especially surgically: Doctors no longer bleed their patients to reduce fever.
- to lose or emit (blood or sap).
- to drain or draw sap, water, electricity, etc., from (something): to bleed a pipeline of excess air.
- to remove trapped air from (as an automotive brake system) by opening a bleeder valve.
- to obtain an excessive amount from; extort money from.
- to permit (printed illustrations or ornamentation) to run off the page or sheet.
- to trim the margin of (a book or sheet) so closely as to mutilate the text or illustration.
- a sheet or page margin trimmed so as to mutilate the text or illustration.
- a part thus trimmed off.
- Medicine/Medical. an instance of bleeding; hemorrhage: an intracranial bleed.
- Printing. characterized by bleeding: a bleed page.
- bleed off, to draw or extract: to bleed off sap from a maple tree; to bleed off static electricity.
- bleed white. white(def 41).
Origin of bleed
Related Words for bledtrickle, weep, ooze, drain, squeeze, stick, ache, suffer, run, seep, shed, gush, spurt, hemorrhage, exude, leech, phlebotomize, exhaust, fleece, rook
Examples from the Web for bled
Contemporary Examples of bled
How much of that maternal vibe we saw with Vee and the girls also bled off-screen on the set?OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time
June 13, 2014
In 2010, Nermine El-Hadded, also 13, bled to death in a hospital after she was operated on.Egypt: Stop Mutilating Little Girls!
April 26, 2014
Hot compressed air “bled” from the engines goes through these packs to cool it before it flows on into the cabin.The Exemplary Plane at the Heart of the MH370 Mystery
March 27, 2014
Day and night, the man haunted the caves with his screams, cutting himself with stones until he bled.My $295 Skype Exorcism
February 6, 2014
Pulling me away from the crowd at the VFW, Flores said, “We suffered, we lost men, we bled that day.”Black Hawk Down’s Long Shadow
October 9, 2013
Historical Examples of bled
It's Bill that bled me, and bled me until I've had to soak a mortgage on the ranch.Way of the Lawless
After that I carried her, for the cut in her foot opened and bled.The Trail Book
The hurt was not dangerous, though it bled freely, and was some weeks in healing.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The Carthusians were bled five times, and the Dominicans four times in the year.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
So, he was bled and he was blistered, and he was this and that, for six whole days and nights.The Uncommercial Traveller
- (intr) to lose or emit blood
- (tr) to remove or draw blood from (a person or animal)
- (intr) to be injured or die, as for a cause or one's country
- (of plants) to exude (sap or resin), esp from a cut
- (tr) informal to obtain relatively large amounts of money, goods, etc, esp by extortion
- (tr) to draw liquid or gas from (a container or enclosed system)to bleed the hydraulic brakes
- (intr) (of dye or paint) to run or become mixed, as when wet
- to print or be printed so that text, illustrations, etc, run off the trimmed page
- (tr) to trim (the edges of a printed sheet) so closely as to cut off some of the printed matter
- (intr) civil engineering building trades (of a mixture) to exude (a liquid) during compaction, such as water from cement
- bleed someone or something dry to extort gradually all the resources of a person or thing
- one's heart bleeds used to express sympathetic grief, but often used ironically
- an illustration or sheet trimmed so that some matter is bled
- (as modifier)a bleed page
- printing the trimmings of a sheet that has been bled
Word Origin for bleed
past tense and past participle of bleed (v.).
Old English bledan "to let blood," in Middle English and after, "to let blood from surgically;" also "to emit blood," from Proto-Germanic *blodjan "emit blood" (cf. Old Norse blæða, German bluten), from *bhlo-to- "swell, gush, spurt" (see blood (n.)). Meaning "extort money from" is from 1670s. Of dyes or paints, from 1862. Related: Bled; bleeding.
- To lose blood as a result of rupture or severance of blood vessels.
- To take or remove blood from.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed
- bleed someone white
- my heart bleeds for you