|1.||(also intr) to injure (tissues) without breaking the skin, usually with discoloration, or (of tissues) to be injured in this way|
|2.||to offend or injure (someone's feelings) by an insult, unkindness, etc|
|3.||to damage the surface of (something), as by a blow|
|4.||to crush (food, etc) by pounding or pressing|
|5.||a bodily injury without a break in the skin, usually with discoloration; contusion|
|[Old English brӯsan, of Celtic origin; compare Irish brūigim I bruise]|
An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.