verb (used without object), bled [bled] /blɛd/, bleed·ing.
verb (used with object), bled [bled] /blɛd/, bleed·ing.
- 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.
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
verb bleeds, bleeding or bled
- an illustration or sheet trimmed so that some matter is bled
- (as modifier)a bleed page
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed
- bleed someone white
- my heart bleeds for you