Definition of Bruise

1. Noun. An injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration.

Exact synonyms: Contusion
Generic synonyms: Harm, Hurt, Injury, Trauma
Specialized synonyms: Ecchymosis, Petechia, Black Eye, Mouse, Shiner



2. Verb. Injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of. "Did he bruise his foot? "; "I bruised my knee"
Exact synonyms: Contuse
Generic synonyms: Injure, Wound
Specialized synonyms: Crush, Jam
Derivative terms: Bruiser, Contusion

3. Verb. Hurt the feelings of. "Sam cannot bruise Sue "; "This remark really bruised my ego"
Exact synonyms: Hurt, Injure, Offend, Spite, Wound
Specialized synonyms: Affront, Diss, Insult, Lacerate, Sting, Abase, Chagrin, Humble, Humiliate, Mortify
Generic synonyms: Arouse, Elicit, Enkindle, Evoke, Fire, Kindle, Provoke, Raise
Derivative terms: Offence, Offense, Offensive, Offensive, Spite, Spite

4. Verb. Break up into small pieces for food preparation. "Bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Crush

5. Verb. Damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure. "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"
Category relationships: Flora, Plant, Plant Life
Generic synonyms: Damage

Definition of Bruise

1. v. t. To injure, as by a blow or collision, without laceration; to contuse; as, to bruise one's finger with a hammer; to bruise the bark of a tree with a stone; to bruise an apple by letting it fall.

2. v. i. To fight with the fists; to box.

3. n. An injury to the flesh of animals, or to plants, fruit, etc., with a blunt or heavy instrument, or by collision with some other body; a contusion; as, a bruise on the head; bruises on fruit.

Definition of Bruise

1. Verb. (transitive) To strike (a person), originally with something flat or heavy, but now specifically in such a way as to discolour the skin without breaking it. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To damage the skin of (fruit), in an analogous way. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) Of fruit, to gain bruises through being handled roughly. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive medicine) To bruise easily. ¹

5. Noun. (medicine) A purplish mark on the skin due to leakage of blood from capillaries under the surface that have been damaged by a blow. ¹

6. Noun. A dark mark on fruit caused by a blow to its surface. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bruise

1. to injure without breaking the surface of the skin [v BRUISED, BRUISING, BRUISES]

Medical Definition of Bruise

1. An injury to the flesh of animals, or to plants, fruit, etc, with a blunt or heavy instrument, or by collision with some other body; a contusion; as, a bruise on the head; bruises on fruit. "From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises." (Isa. I. 6) 1. To injure, as by a blow or collision, without laceration; to contuse; as, to bruise one's finger with a hammer; to bruise the bark of a tree with a stone; to bruise an apple by letting it fall. 2. To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots, etc.; to crush. "Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs." (Shak) Synonym: To pulverize, bray, triturate, pound, contuse. Origin: OE. Brusen, brisen, brosen, bresen, AS. Brsan or fr. OF. Bruiser, bruisier, bruser, to break, shiver, perh. From OHG. Brochison. Cf. Break. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bruise

bruckle
brugh
brughs
brugia
brugia malayi
brugia pahangi
brugnatellite
brugnatellites
bruh
bruhaha
bruhahas
bruilzie
bruilzies
bruin
bruins
bruise (current term)
bruise up
bruised
bruiselike
bruiser
bruisers
bruises
bruisewort
bruiseworts
bruising
bruisingly
bruisings
bruit
bruit de Roger

Literary usage of Bruise

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1. Prevention of Disease and Care of the Sick: How to Keep Well and what to Do by William Gordon Stimpson, Milton Hugh Foster (1919)
"bruise. . — A bruise is the injury produced by a blow with some blunt object. ... The first symptoms of a bruise is pain; then the injured part quickly ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1859)
"Fr. blau, coup, tache,' meurtrissure—Roquefort, a blow, a bruise. Du. placke, macula, labes, a blot, spot; ..."

3. The Good Housekeeper, Or the Way to Live Well, and to be Well While We Live by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1839)
"FOR A bruise OR SPRAIN. Bathe the part in cold water, till you can get ready a decoction of wormwood. This is one of the best remedies for sprains and ..."

4. The Practice of surgery by James Miller (1857)
"bruise of the Scalp. THE scalp is especially liable to severity of contusion. It is a part much exposed to external injury; it is stretched over dense ..."

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