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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bruise /bruz/USA pronunciation
v., bruised, bruis•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Pathologyto injure by striking or pressing, without breaking the skin but causing a discolored spot to develop: [~ + object]bruised her knee against the chair.[no object]With that disease the patient bruises easily.
- to injure or hurt slightly, as with an insult or unkind remark;
offend: [~ + object]Those sharp insults bruised her feelings.[no object]We both bruise too easily.
bruised, adj.: The bruised fruit had so many spots on it that we had to throw it out.
bruis•ing, adj.: He won the election only after a bruising campaign.
- Pathologyan injury due to bruising:black-and-blue bruises on her arms and legs.
(bro̅o̅z),USA pronunciation v., bruised, bruis•ing, n. v.t.
- Pathologyto injure by striking or pressing, without breaking the skin:The blow bruised his arm. Her pinching bruised the peaches.
- to injure or hurt slightly, as with an insult or unkind remark:to bruise a person's feelings.
- to crush (drugs or food) by beating or pounding.
- Metallurgyto injure the surface of (an ingot or finished object) by collision.
- to develop or bear a discolored spot on the skin as the result of a blow, fall, etc.
- Pathologyto become injured slightly:His feelings bruise easily.
- Pathologyan injury due to bruising;
- bef. 900; Middle English bro(o)sen, bres(s)en, bris(s)en, bruisen, representing Old English brȳsan, brēsan and Anglo-French bruser, Old French bruisier, akin to briser to break; see brisance
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bruise /bruːz/ vb (mainly tr)
- (also intr) to injure (tissues) without breaking the skin, usually with discoloration, or (of tissues) to be injured in this way
- to offend or injure (someone's feelings) by an insult, unkindness, etc
- to damage the surface of (something), as by a blow
- to crush (food, etc) by pounding or pressing
Etymology: Old English brӯsan, of Celtic origin; compare Irish brūigim I bruise
- a bodily injury without a break in the skin, usually with discoloration; contusion
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