• A physician bleeding a patient. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A physician bleeding a patient. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bleeding the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot,...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
    • n Bleeding A running or issuing of blood, as from the nose or a wound; a hemorrhage; the operation of letting blood, as in surgery; a drawing or running of sap from a tree or plant.
    • a Bleeding Emitting, or appearing to emit, blood or sap, etc.; also, expressing anguish or compassion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beets reminded early cooks of a bleeding animal when they cut them open, so they started calling them "beets." This was derived from the French word bête, meaning "beast."
    • n bleeding A running or issuing of blood, as from the nose; a hemorrhage; the operation of letting blood, as in surgery.
    • n bleeding The drawing of sap from a tree or plant.
    • n bleeding In bookbinding, an excessive trimming down of the margins of a book, which cuts into and mutilates the print.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ladybugs bleed to protect themselves. When alarmed, they release drops of a reddish or yellowish bitter tasting liquid from their mouths and from the pores at their joints. This repels prospective attackers.
    • n Bleeding a discharge of blood: the operation of letting blood
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  • William Congreve
    “If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.”
  • Edward Gardner
    Edward Gardner
    “Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.”
  • Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
    Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
    “The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”


Bleeding edge - Similar to 'cutting edge', this implies a technology or process that is at the forefront or beyond current practices. However, because it is unproven, it is often dangerous to use (hence the 'bleeding').
Bleeding heart - A bleeding heart is a person who is excessively sympathetic towards other people.
My heart bleeds - If your heart bleeds for someone, you feel genuine sympathy and sadness for them.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blédan. See Blood.


In literature:

Enlarge the wound with a knife (in the direction of the bone, not across) to make it bleed more freely, and again suck the wound.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Are you bleeding much?
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
I pressed through the crowd, and insisted on bleeding the unfortunate young man.
"Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819" by Richard Lee Mason
Our hands were bleeding from cuts caused by the sharp stones.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Bleeding with a quick, strong, and full pulse.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Press facial artery against lower jaw of bleeding side, till bleeding stops.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
But she had no knife, and her mouth was bleeding.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
But, alas, 170 Caesar must bleed for it!
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
If the bleeding cannot otherwise be arrested it may be necessary to ligate the external carotid artery.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Almost always bleeding from a vein can be controlled by clean gauze or handkerchief pad and pressure by hand directly over the bleeding wound.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
That will slow the bleeding.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She winked back the tears that came to her thought of Grit helpless, panting, bleeding.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Grenfell stood there amid the wrecked furniture, his clothes torn, bleeding and triumphant.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
Kiopo was bleeding in various places, and panting hard.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
What man is there who, in seeing the heart of a woman bleeding before him, would not feel his own heart inspired with words to heal it?
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
On the following day they were found bleeding in their beds.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The treatment should be continued for ten or fifteen minutes, or until bleeding stops; if the bleeding persists a doctor is needed.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
The hour will come, the hour will come, When by the grave thy heart shall bleed!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Bowls to be used only for bleeding usually had a handle on one side.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
Warning, far less than that of bosom torn 403 From bosom, bleeding o'er the sacred dead!
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young

In poetry:

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.
"In The Harbour: Decoration Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Is it, O love, thy want of eyes,
Or by the Fates decreed,
That hearts so seldom sympathise,
Or for each other bleed?
"Songs Set To Music: 9. Set" by Matthew Prior
The sword that pierced his bosom
With jewelled splendor shone.
I snatched it from him bleeding,
And lo, it was my own.
"The Warrior Maid" by Anna Hempstead Branch
ASTOLFO. Who can be
This last victim of the fight,
Who is struck down in the retreat,
Falls here bleeding at our feet?
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I see the roses on her grave
They make my sad heart bleed.
I see the daisies shine like stars.
And is she earth indeed?
"Can It Be?" by Manmohan Ghose
Counting the beats,
Counting the slow heart beats,
The bleeding to death of time in slow heart beats,
Wakeful they lie.
"Counting The Beats" by Robert Graves

In news:

Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Iraq War veteran, lies on the ground bleeding from a head wound after being hit by a projectile at an Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland, Calif (Jay Finneburgh, The Associated Press ).
Some caused the polish to bleed all over our fingers, others needed a ton of elbow grease to even get the polish to budge.
USA Truck, which just two weeks ago reported a record quarterly loss, has announced a board shakeup and other efforts designed to stem the Van Buren company's financial bleeding and prevent a hostile takeover.
Anesthesia, bleeding prevention, representative sampling , and rad-path concordance.
A growing, bleeding, violet mole.
Victoria's plan to maintain Interior timber supply termed 'bleeding the forests' for sawlogs .
Black Friday is bleeding into Thanksgiving night.
Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry.
When she finally left the hospital on December 23, she was forced to march in shackles , her hands bound before her, the wound from her C-section still bleeding.
Minutes later, the hair from his father's beard had been cut and scattered across the floor, clumps of hair were missing from his father's head, and his scalp was bleeding.
They're tired, bleeding, and most of all HUNGRY.
The siblings are accused of killing the 22-year-old Sanchez, who was found bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his upper torso at 12:17 am Sept 19 on the 200 block of West Whittier Avenue.
Ernie Kent was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer before Civil War.
CREED wants you to Bleed.
On her third LP, her newfound vulnerability sometimes makes for good songs: "Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed".

In science:

SBF-I) with their large 0.′′ 472 pixels and severe charge bleeding could not be used for this.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Together in the three fields, we compiled a catalog of 56, 674 unique ob jects with good photometry— ob jects not corrupted by saturation, bleed trails, or edge effects—and V < 23.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
In addition, objects within an SDSS-database mask for holes, satellite trails and bleeding pixels had these mask values set to unity.
Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): The input catalogue and star-galaxy separation
The acoustic mechanism leads to perhaps too late, too weak explosions and bleeding of PNS oscillation power to numerically unresolved daughter modes may diminish its relevance in nature .
The Role of Collective Neutrino Flavor Oscillations in Core-Collapse Supernova Shock Revival
Panel D shows the UH 2.2m data stacked as a composite image without background star removal, using all frames where the expected position of P/2008 R1 was not severely affected by the charge bleed from the field star. frames.
Faint moving object detection, and the Low Signal-to-Noise recovery of Main Belt comet P/2008 R1 Garradd
In addition, Weinberg & Quataert (2008) suggest that the amplitude of these g-mode oscillations could be severely diminished by a non-linear parametric resonance that could bleed energy into very short-wavelength modes, dissipating this g-mode oscillation thermally.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
We show the HESS spectrum of the point source near the GC, and 10% of this value assumed to bleed into the annulus from the tails of the gamma-ray point-spread-function.
Section on Prospects for Dark Matter Detection of the White Paper on the Status and Future of Ground-Based TeV Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Notice that bleeding from smaller k-modes than the main k − ℓ pro jection ridge is responsible for filling in the low ℓ anisotropy.
Toward Understanding CMB Anisotropies and Their Implications
Power from smaller physical scales (high k) bleeds in to boost the anisotropy.
Toward Understanding CMB Anisotropies and Their Implications
The tiny fill tube is a huge impedance to the gas flowing out of the jacket. Effectively we have created a big bomb. A pressure relief valve was developed to bleed off excess pressure in an emergency, thus protecting the cell from bursting.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen