What does bleed mean?

Definitions for bleed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shed blood, bleed, hemorrhageverb

    lose blood from one's body

  2. bleed, leech, phlebotomize, phlebotomiseverb

    draw blood

    "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"

  3. bleedverb

    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone

    "They bled me dry--I have nothing left!"

  4. run, bleedverb

    be diffused

    "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"

  5. bleedverb

    drain of liquid or steam

    "bleed the radiators"; "the mechanic bled the engine"


  1. bleednoun

    An incident of bleeding, as in haemophilia.

  2. bleedverb

    To lose blood through an injured blood vessel.

  3. bleedverb

    To let or draw blood from an animal.

  4. bleedverb

    To take large amounts of money from.

  5. bleedverb

    To steadily lose (something vital).

    The company was bleeding talent.

  6. bleedverb

    To spread from the intended location and stain the surrounding cloth or paper.

  7. bleedverb

    To remove air bubbles from a pipe containing fluids.

  8. bleedverb

    To bleed on; to make bloody.

  9. bleedverb

    To show one's group loyalty by showing (its associated color) in one's blood.

    He was a devoted Vikings fan: he bled purple.

  10. Etymology: From bledan, from blōþijanan, from blōþan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bleedverb

    To let blood; to take blood from.

    That from a patriot of distinguish’d note,
    Have bled, and purg’d me to a simple vote. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Bleedverb

    pret. I bled; I have bled.

    Etymology: bledan , Saxon.

    I bleed inwardly for my lord. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Bleed, bleed, poor country!
    Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure;
    For goodness dare not check thee! William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Many, upon the seeing of others bleed, or strangled, or tortured, themselves are ready to faint, as if they bled. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 795.

    The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed today;
    Had he thy reason, would he skip and play? Alexander Pope.

    For me the balm shall bleed, and amber flow,
    The coral redden, and the ruby glow. Alexander Pope, Winds. Forest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bleedverb

    to emit blood; to lose blood; to run with blood, by whatever means; as, the arm bleeds; the wound bled freely; to bleed at the nose

  2. Bleedverb

    to withdraw blood from the body; to let blood; as, Dr. A. bleeds in fevers

  3. Bleedverb

    to lose or shed one's blood, as in case of a violent death or severe wounds; to die by violence

  4. Bleedverb

    to issue forth, or drop, as blood from an incision

  5. Bleedverb

    to lose sap, gum, or juice; as, a tree or a vine bleeds when tapped or wounded

  6. Bleedverb

    to pay or lose money; to have money drawn or extorted; as, to bleed freely for a cause

  7. Bleedverb

    to let blood from; to take or draw blood from, as by opening a vein

  8. Bleedverb

    to lose, as blood; to emit or let drop, as sap

  9. Bleedverb

    to draw money from (one); to induce to pay; as, they bled him freely for this fund


  1. Bleed

    The Bleed is a fictional interdimensional realm, a comic book construct that appears in books published by DC Comics. It first appeared in Stormwatch #7, and was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bleed

    blēd, v.i. to lose blood: to die by slaughter: to issue forth or drop as blood: to have money extorted from one: to feel great pity for, as in the phrase, 'the heart bleeds:' to be as red as blood.—v.t. to draw blood from, esp. surgically: to extort sums of money from:—pa.t. and pa.p. bled.—n. Bleed′ing, a discharge of blood: the operation of letting blood.—adj. full of compassion: emitting sap: terribly weakened by war: (Shak.) bloody. [A.S. blédan. See Blood.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleed in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bleed in a Sentence

  1. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit:

    The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war

  2. Police Department:

    She fell to the ground, hit her head and suffered a brain bleed, among other injuries, but she’s tough and didn’t give up her purse or the money inside and should be out of the hospital soon.

  3. Brent Schutte:

    Vaccinations are ticking up, you are likely to see restrictions come off and that should mean a decent economic recovery which will bleed into the markets in the euro zone.

  4. Tami Rockholt:

    If someone is not going to bleed out, or their heart is not going to stop, or they're not going to quit breathing in the next 30 minutes, they probably do not need a trauma team.

  5. Tim Burton, Burton On Burton:

    I was very strange back then. I could see I had problems. I would sit in a closet a lot of the time and not come out, or I would sit up on top of my desk, or under my desk, or do weird things like get my wisdom teeth out and bleed all over the hallways.

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