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 bleedtrickle, weep, ooze, drain, squeeze, stick, ache, suffer, run, seep, shed, gush, spurt, hemorrhage, exude, leech, phlebotomize, exhaust, fleece, rook
Examples from the Web for bleed
Contemporary Examples of bleed
Those prognosticators had reason to believe the 10,000 lakes could bleed a little red into Washington.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats
Ana Marie Cox
October 27, 2014
For instance, when a couple is having trouble, the tension and hostility can bleed into BDSM scenes.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue
October 25, 2014
Spain was hammered by the financial crisis and continues to bleed.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
But she continued to bleed, and the staff became all the more alarmed.How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
The force of the two reacting spreads the foam through the chest cavity, hardening to apply pressure to any bleed sites.New 'Suspended Animation' Procedure Saves Lives by Replacing Blood with a Cold Electrolyte Solution
April 2, 2014
Historical Examples of bleed
He saw he was due to bleed to death and he took a shorter way!Way of the Lawless
Don't let me count three till you're after me, or I'll bleed ye!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
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.The Chinese Fairy Book
If Hermione could have heard them her torn heart might perhaps have ceased to bleed.A Spirit in Prison
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
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