bleed white. white(def 41).

Origin of bleed

before 1000; Middle English bleden, Old English blēdan, derivative of blōd blood
Related formsout·bleed, verb (used with object), out·bled, out·bleed·ing.un·bled, adjective
Can be confusedbled bleed blood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bleed

Contemporary Examples of bleed

Historical Examples of bleed

  • He saw he was due to bleed to death and he took a shorter way!

  • Don't let me count three till you're after me, or I'll bleed ye!

  • And now, if you don't want me to bleed to death get me out of this slop, and--yes,--easy!

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • By mistake he hit himself in the nose and it began to bleed.

  • If Hermione could have heard them her torn heart might perhaps have ceased to bleed.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for bleed


verb bleeds, bleeding or bled

(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


  1. an illustration or sheet trimmed so that some matter is bled
  2. (as modifier)a bleed page
printing the trimmings of a sheet that has been bled

Word Origin for bleed

Old English blēdan; see blood
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Word Origin and History for bleed

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bleed in Medicine




To lose blood as a result of rupture or severance of blood vessels.
To take or remove blood from.
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Idioms and Phrases with bleed


In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed

  • bleed someone white

also see:

  • my heart bleeds for you
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