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bleeding

[blee-ding] /ˈbli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act, fact, or process of losing blood or having blood flow.
2.
the act or process of drawing blood from a person, especially surgically; bloodletting.
3.
the extension of color beyond an edge or border, especially so as to combine with a contiguous color or to affect an adjacent area.
adjective
4.
sending forth blood:
a bleeding sore.
5.
feeling, expressing, or characterized by extreme or excessive anguish and compassion.
6.
British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
bleeding fool.
adverb
7.
British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
a bleeding silly idea.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (noun and adj.); see bleed, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
nonbleeding, adjective, noun
unbleeding, adjective

bleed

[bleed] /blid/
verb (used without object), bled
[bled] /blɛd/ (Show IPA),
bleeding.
1.
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.
2.
(of injured tissue, excrescences, etc.) to exude blood:
a wart that is bleeding.
3.
(of a plant) to exude sap, resin, etc., from a wound.
4.
(of dye or paint) to run or become diffused:
All the colors bled when the dress was washed.
5.
(of a liquid) to ooze or flow out.
6.
to feel pity, sorrow, or anguish:
My heart bleeds for you. A nation bleeds for its dead heroes.
7.
to suffer wounds or death, as in battle:
The soldiers bled for the cause.
8.
(of a broadcast signal) to interfere with another signal:
CB transmissions bleeding over into walkie-talkies.
9.
Printing. (of printed matter) to run off the edges of a page, either by design or through mutilation caused by too close trimming.
10.
Slang. to pay out money, as when overcharged or threatened with extortion.
11.
Metallurgy. (of a cooling ingot or casting) to have molten metal force its way through the solidified exterior because of internal gas pressure.
verb (used with object), bled
[bled] /blɛd/ (Show IPA),
bleeding.
12.
to cause to lose blood, especially surgically:
Doctors no longer bleed their patients to reduce fever.
13.
to lose or emit (blood or sap).
14.
to drain or draw sap, water, electricity, etc., from (something):
to bleed a pipeline of excess air.
15.
to remove trapped air from (as an automotive brake system) by opening a bleeder valve.
16.
to obtain an excessive amount from; extort money from.
17.
Printing.
  1. to permit (printed illustrations or ornamentation) to run off the page or sheet.
  2. to trim the margin of (a book or sheet) so closely as to mutilate the text or illustration.
noun
18.
Printing.
  1. a sheet or page margin trimmed so as to mutilate the text or illustration.
  2. a part thus trimmed off.
19.
Medicine/Medical. an instance of bleeding; hemorrhage:
an intracranial bleed.
adjective
20.
Printing. characterized by bleeding:
a bleed page.
Verb phrases
21.
bleed off, to draw or extract:
to bleed off sap from a maple tree; to bleed off static electricity.
Idioms
22.
bleed white. white (def 41).
Origin
before 1000; Middle English bleden, Old English blēdan, derivative of blōd blood
Related forms
outbleed, verb (used with object), outbled, outbleeding.
unbled, adjective
Can be confused
bled, bleed, blood.
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  • The hallway was filled with smoke and with coughing, bleeding people who were stumbling around, disoriented.
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  • He was bleeding profusely from his ear, eyes and nose.
  • By then, my head was bleeding and the blood visibly trickling behind my ear and onto my neck.
  • One shows her with her hands cut off and an enormous bleeding heart on the ground.
  • Her right arm was twice its normal size, her left eye would not open, her legs were bleeding.
  • He cut the tongue from a slow porcupine and watched it stand in surprise at his feet, bleeding until it toppled.
  • Generally those who wish to lessen the suffering of prisoners get too readily dismissed as bleeding hearts or soft on criminals.
  • They also learn other applications, such as how to perform an ultrasound to see if trauma patients are bleeding internally.
British Dictionary definitions for bleeding

bleeding

/ˈbliːdɪŋ/
adjective, adverb (Brit, slang)
1.
(intensifier): a bleeding fool, it's bleeding beautiful

bleed

/bliːd/
verb bleeds, bleeding, bled
1.
(intransitive) to lose or emit blood
2.
(transitive) to remove or draw blood from (a person or animal)
3.
(intransitive) to be injured or die, as for a cause or one's country
4.
(of plants) to exude (sap or resin), esp from a cut
5.
(transitive) (informal) to obtain relatively large amounts of money, goods, etc, esp by extortion
6.
(transitive) to draw liquid or gas from (a container or enclosed system): to bleed the hydraulic brakes
7.
(intransitive) (of dye or paint) to run or become mixed, as when wet
8.
to print or be printed so that text, illustrations, etc, run off the trimmed page
9.
(transitive) to trim (the edges of a printed sheet) so closely as to cut off some of the printed matter
10.
(intransitive) (civil engineering, building trades) (of a mixture) to exude (a liquid) during compaction, such as water from cement
11.
bleed someone or something dry, to extort gradually all the resources of a person or thing
12.
one's heart bleeds, used to express sympathetic grief, but often used ironically
noun
13.
(printing)
  1. an illustration or sheet trimmed so that some matter is bled
  2. (as modifier): a bleed page
14.
(printing) the trimmings of a sheet that has been bled
Word Origin
Old English blēdan; see blood
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Word Origin and History for bleeding
n.

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."

bleed

v.

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.

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bleeding in Medicine

bleed (blēd)
v. bled (blěd), bleed·ing, bleeds

  1. To lose blood as a result of rupture or severance of blood vessels.

  2. To take or remove blood from.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bleeding

bleed

verb

To take someone's money by overcharging or extortion: His creditors bled him to death (1680s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with bleeding

bleed

In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed also see: my heart bleeds for you
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Encyclopedia Article for bleeding

escape of blood from blood vessels into surrounding tissue and the process of coagulation through the action of platelets.

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