- a person who bleeds abnormally because of low clotting rate; hemophiliac.
- a person or animal that bleeds easily, especially an athlete or racehorse.
- a person who draws blood from a sick person; phlebotomist.
- Slang. a person who drains another of money, resources, etc.; parasite or usurer.
- Metallurgy. an ingot or casting from which some metal has escaped.
- Also called bleeder resistor. Electricity. a resistor that is connected across a power supply for voltage regulation and to dissipate the charge remaining in capacitors when the power is discontinued.
- Also called bleeder valve. a valve or opening for draining a tank, tubing, etc.
- British Slang.
- a despicable person.
- a person, especially a man; fellow.
Origin of bleeder
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- a resistor connected across the output terminals of a power supply in order to improve voltage regulation and to discharge filter capacitors
- derogatorya despicable persona rotten bleeder
- any person; fellowwhere's the bleeder gone?
- pathol a nontechnical name for a haemophiliac
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1756, "one who lets blood," agent noun from bleed (v.). As "one with hemophilia," from 1803.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A person, such as a hemophiliac, who bleeds freely or is subject to frequent hemorrhages.
- A blood vessel from which there is uncontrolled bleeding.
- A blood vessel severed by trauma or surgery that requires cautery or ligature to arrest the flow of blood.
- A person who draws blood from another; a phlebotomist.
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