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.
Idioms about bleed
- outbleed, verb (used with object), out·bled, out·bleed·ing.
- un·bled, adjective
- bled , bleed , blood
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How to use bleed in a sentence
The edges of the elegant paper are crackled; the ink bled into the linen weave long ago and has not faded.
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 | Kevin Fallon | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2010, Nermine El-Hadded, also 13, bled to death in a hospital after she was operated on.
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 | Clive Irving | March 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Day and night, the man haunted the caves with his screams, cutting himself with stones until he bled.
How the poor creature smiled upon her guests as they arrived, whilst her wounded heart bled on!
When Lawrence came in sight of the once fine plantation of Judge Lindsly his heart bled.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
I was placed in bed, a physician called in, and after being bled, I found myself sensibly relieved.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
The cow should be bled, and take a large dose of physic; then wash the udder as in caked bag.Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
Small boughs and bunches of leaves rained from surrounding trees, while each trunk bled from a thousand wounds.Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
British Dictionary definitions for bleed
(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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bleed
In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed
- bleed someone white
- my heart bleeds for you
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