- the act, fact, or process of losing blood or having blood flow.
- the act or process of drawing blood from a person, especially surgically; bloodletting.
- the extension of color beyond an edge or border, especially so as to combine with a contiguous color or to affect an adjacent area.
- sending forth blood: a bleeding sore.
- feeling, expressing, or characterized by extreme or excessive anguish and compassion.
- British Slang. (used as an intensifier): bleeding fool.
- British Slang. (used as an intensifier): a bleeding silly idea.
Origin of bleeding
- 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.
- bleed white. white(def 41).
Origin of bleed
Related Words for bleedingtrickle, weep, ooze, drain, squeeze, stick, ache, suffer, run, seep, shed, gush, spurt, hemorrhage, exude, leech, phlebotomize, exhaust, fleece, rook
Examples from the Web for bleeding
Contemporary Examples of bleeding
But in another world, Beth stabs Dawn and she is bleeding and none of those other cops are helping her get to a doctor.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
Even President Obama, bleeding popularity and under attack from the Left and the Right, blames the media.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech
November 25, 2014
No wonder criminal-justice reform is no longer the sole concern of balladeers and bleeding hearts.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
He found Poindexter on the ground, bleeding from a bullet wound to his chest.Ferguson’s Only Unsolved Murder
October 20, 2014
The physical wounds from the attack left her torn and bleeding.Sex Workers Don't Deserve to be Raped
September 27, 2014
Historical Examples of bleeding
So he just sat there, quivering, bleeding, battered—but a conqueror.A Night Out
First, I got a bandage on my wound, to stop the bleeding, and then I had an opportunity to look about me.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
"I suppose we're all wounded," said Dick as he wiped a bleeding cheek.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Somehow or other, this was the general misfortune of Bleeding Heart Yard.
They began their perquisitions in Bleeding Heart Yard that same forenoon.
- (intensifier)a bleeding fool; it's bleeding beautiful
- (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
Word Origin for bleed
late 14c., "a flowing out of blood;" mid-15c. as "a drawing out of blood;" verbal noun formed after earlier present participle adjective (early 13c.) of bleed. Figurative use is from 1796. As a euphemism for bloody, from 1858. In U.S. history, Bleeding Kansas, in reference to the slavery disputes in that territory 1854-60, is attested from 1856, said to have been first used by the New York "Tribune."
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.
- To lose blood as a result of rupture or severance of blood vessels.
- To take or remove blood from.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed
- bleed someone white
- my heart bleeds for you