blush

Definitions

  • Climbing Polyantha. BLUSH RAMBLER
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blush turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
    • v blush become rosy or reddish "her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air"
    • n blush sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
    • n blush a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds
    • Blush A red or reddish color; a rosy tint. "Light's last blushes tinged the distant hills."
    • Blush A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty. "The rosy blush of love."
    • Blush To become suffused with red in the cheeks, as from a sense of shame, modesty, or confusion; to become red from such cause, as the cheeks or face. "To the nuptial bower
      I led her blushing like the morn."
      "In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush .""He would stroke
      The head of modest and ingenuous worth,
      That blushed at its own praise."
    • Blush To express or make known by blushing. "I'll blush you thanks."
    • Blush To grow red; to have a red or rosy color. "The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set,
      But stayed, and made the western welkin blush ."
    • Blush To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers. "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen."
    • Blush To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate. "To blush and beautify the cheek again."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humans are the only animals that can blush.
    • blush To shine, as the sun.
    • blush To glance; look.
    • blush To become red in the face; redden all over the face: especially from modesty, embarrassment, confusion, or shame.
    • blush To appear as if blushing; exhibit a red or roseate hue; bloom freshly or modestly.
    • blush To be ashamed: with at or for.
    • blush To make red.
    • blush To express, show, or make known by blushing, or by a change of color similar to a blush.
    • n blush A gleam.
    • n blush A glance; glimpse; look; view: obsolete except in the phrase at first blush.
    • n blush Look; resemblance: as, she has a blush of her father.
    • n blush The suffusion of the cheeks or the face with a red color through confusion, shame, diffidence, or the like.
    • n blush A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No one seems to know why people blush.
    • n Blush blush a red glow on the face caused by shame, modesty, &c.: any reddish colour: sudden appearance
    • v.i Blush to show shame or confusion by growing red in the face: to grow red
    • p.adj Blush showing blushes: modest
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Quotations

  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan%20Swift
    “As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.”
  • Edward Young
    Edward%20Young
    “The man that blushes is not quite a brute.”
  • Jean-Francois De La Harpe
    Jean-Francois De La Harpe
    “We never forgive those who make us blush.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes!”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    Jean%20Jacques%20Rousseau
    “Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame.”
  • George Herbert
    George%20Herbert
    “It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bluschen, to shine, look, turn red, AS. blyscan, to glow; akin to blysa, a torch, āblȳsian, to blush, D. blozen, Dan. blusse, to blaze, blush

Usage

In literature:

She neither blushed nor looked shy.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Alice, who had yielded involuntarily to the movement of Helen, drew her hand blushingly away.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
She blushed and frowned.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
She is very happy, and blushes when he looks at her.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
And if they blushed somewhat upon returning, it was an honest blush, which the present chronicler for one will not laugh at.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
Tito had the youthful grace of blushing, but he had also the adroit and ready speech that prevents a blush from looking like embarrassment.
"Romola" by George Eliot
She blushed very slightly and curtseyed very low.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
They stood in their places, blushing and laughing, and served out their dainties with hands trembling with delight.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
She was blushing as she turned to go in, she was laughing, too, to hide the blush.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
Once or twice Miss St. Vincent looks back, blushing brightly.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I'll be sure to blush in places.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Murray regained outward self-control and bowed to the blushing Mollie.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Paul blushed all over his beautiful face whenever she mentioned it.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He blushed, good man, when he was well in it.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Albertina blushed as she looked at the young man, and her modesty was contagious; the two sisters also blushed.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
William blushed all over, but went on his way rejoicing.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
Sir Thomas blushed, shuffled with his feet, and put out both his hands.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Oh, don't blush, my dear fellow!
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
She would have given much to keep her countenance, and yet the blush became her greatly.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
As it is, do we not blush to own that we are Irish?
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
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In poetry:

See, see,
How you have meddled with the snowy clover,
Making her ivory
Blush like a lover!
"Mischief To A Bee" by Mary Webb
Like the blush upon the rose
When the wooing south wind speaks,
Kissing soft its petals,
Are thy cheeks.
"Love's Pictures" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I’m as pure as the rose!
It is thus your soul speaks
In the blush overspreading
Your soft velvet cheeks!
"Alfred to Emma - A Rural Love Sonnet" by Joseph Warren Watson
I sent my love two roses, - one
As white as driven snow,
And one a blushing royal red,
A flaming Jacqueminot.
"The White Flag" by John Hay
The virgin glory of a blush
Made you more perfect flower.
Still must your rich humanity
Above me seem to tower.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Into my ear the blushing Whale
Stammers his love. I know
Why the Rhinoceros is sad,
--Ah, child! 'twas long ago.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Coins generally cost more to produce than dollars, so at first blush replacing dollar bills with dollar coins would seem counterproductive.
Biel certainly isn't the first celebrity to color outside the bridal lines: Reese Witherspoon graced the cover of People Magazine in April 2011 wearing a blush Monique Lhuillier gown for her second marriage.
Their storybook relationship began as blushing teenagers, and 43 years and five sons later, Mitt is still smitten with Ann.
For that quintessentially great British taste, these gourmet sandwiches will make your blush like a strawberry with genuine mother's pride.
How utterly refreshing it was in this era of curvy crossovers and bulkhead-shaped SUVs to slide behind the wheel of a car that not only doesn't blush at calling itself a "wagon," but actually resembles one — but in a good way.
The Blushing Monday greeting card.
At first blush, nothing seems more boring than talking about a new US patent office coming to San Jose.
It will give your cheeks a natural glow that's just as rosy as pricier blushes.
BLUSH NO I never saw her blush.
Conservative bungling of the F-35 file would make Monty Python blush.
A hint of color blushes the eastern sky as the brush country of Deep South Texas starts to stir.
And it occurred to at least one observer seated in the press box high above the Rupp Arena floor (blush) that the type of game unfolding between Morehead State and Kentucky Wednesday night was exactly what the Wildcats needed.
Though should a fan want to play with their significant other, they can purchase the more, uh, hands-on "Red Room Expansion Pack" which is based on Christian Grey 's "playroom" in the series and will leave both parties giggling and blushing.
The 24-year-old son of Blushing Groom stood his entire career at the farm.
This variety complements the existing two white varieties: ' Musica Pearl' and ' Musica White Blush'.
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In science:

Since the variables 1/xi are easily seen to have infinite expectation and variance, our prospects seem grim at first blush, but then we notice that the variable 1/xi falls straight into the framework of the “stable laws” of L´evy – Khintchine, which is briefly presented below.
Mathematics of learning
Since the variables 1/xi are easily seen to have infinite expectation and variance, our prospects seem grim at first blush, but then we notice that the variable 1/xi falls straight into the framework of the “stable laws” of L´evy – Khintchine ([FellerV2]).
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
At first blush, the preferred value of ε above is also problematic.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
The fact that DNA is an extended, linear polymer makes it seem at first blush like a very different type of binding problem than the protein-ligand interactions discussed above.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
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