• WordNet 3.6
    • v bruise damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"
    • v bruise break up into small pieces for food preparation "bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"
    • v bruise injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of "I bruised my knee"
    • v bruise hurt the feelings of "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests","This remark really bruised my ego"
    • n bruise an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bruise 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 ."
    • Bruise To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots, etc.; to crush. "Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs."
    • v. i Bruise To fight with the fists; to box. "Bruising was considered a fine, manly, old English custom."
    • Bruise 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bruise To injure by a blow or by pressure without laceration; contuse, as a pliant substance; dent or beat in without breaking, as anything hard: as, to bruise the hand; a bruised apple; “his bruised shield,”
    • bruise To crush by beating or pounding; pound; bray, as drugs or articles of food.
    • bruise Figuratively, to beat down or oppress; cudgel, as the brain; scourge; damage.
    • bruise To fight with the fists; box.
    • n bruise A contusion; a superficial injury caused by impact, without laceration, as of an animal body, a plant, or other impressible object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bruise brōōz to crush by beating or pounding: to oppress: to box or fight with the fists: to ride recklessly in hunting, careless alike of horse and crops: to reduce to small fragments
    • n Bruise a wound made by anything heavy and blunt
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  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The marks you receive in the school of experience are mostly bruises.”
  • Euripides
    “Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, a herb most bruised is woman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brusen, brisen, brosen, bresen, AS. brsan, or fr. OF. bruiser, bruisier, bruser, to break, shiver, perh. from OHG. brochisōn,. Cf. Break (v. t.)


In literature:

Be off at once and have a good wash, and bathe those cuts and bruises till they look better.
"Marcus: the Young Centurion" by George Manville Fenn
The so-called "black-eye" is a typical example of this degree of bruise.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
When bruised, they emit an unpleasant odor; and have an acrid, bitter taste when eaten.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Over the shadowy rocks which cut and bruised her feet, Tessibel flew.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Ugly bruises showed on the white flesh.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
He was sick, and dizzy, and bruised all over.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
The stone-bruises on Bessie's feet may prove fatal!
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The bruised reed, the smoking flax!
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
His fingers were not bruised much, though.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
If parturition continues to make progress the displaced foot may bruise and lacerate the vagina.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

Lift me up, O sacred Jesus--
Lift my bruised heart to thee;
Teach me to be pure and holy
As the holy angels be.
"Out Of The Depths" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
'Twas for the stubborn Jews,
And Gentiles then unknown,
The God of justice pleased to bruise
His best-beloved Son.
"Hymn 141" by Isaac Watts
I get my foes beneath my feet,
I bruise the serpent's head;
I hope the vict'ry is complete,
And all my lusts are dead.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Sleep not in imbecile trust
Waiting for God to begin,
While, growing strong in the dust,
Rests the bruised serpent of sin.
"God's Vengeance" by John Hay
It was Himself my pity bought;
I did for Christ alone
What all of Rome could not have wrought
With bruise of lash or stone.
"Simon The Cyrenian Speaks" by Countee Cullen
And if my heart and flesh are weak
To bear an untried pain,
The bruised reed He will not break,
But strengthen and sustain.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

76ers C Andrew Bynum not expected to practice until December due to bone bruise .
Bruise Brothers to reunite for the night.
Back in 2003, Albany "swingcore" band The Bruise Brothers was poised for national success.
Nash bruised left leg in Wednesday's loss to Blazers.
Steve Nash bruised his leg Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, and he will be listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Miami, FL – Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been diagnosed with a bruised quadriceps and a bone bruise in his left knee after exiting Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
Bryant sat out the final two preseason games with a bruised foot, and panicked reports out of Los Angeles have stated that the veteran guard could miss the Lakers' home opener.
Knicks' center Tyson Chandler has a bone bruise in left knee.
View full size Anthony Gruppuso/US PRESSWIRE Tyson Chandler suffered a bone bruise in his left knee and is listed as day-to-day.
ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling with the latest on Knicks center Tyson Chandler's bone bruise in his left knee.
Knicks' Chandler day to day after being diagnosed with bone bruise .
Bradley quarterback Horn suffered spinal-cord bruise .
Hilliard Bradley High School junior quarterback Tommy Horn was released from Riverside Methodist Hospital on Oct 29, three days after he suffered a spinal-cord bruise during a game, according to football coach Mike LoParo.
Trent Williams has a bone bruise in his right knee.
An MRI conducted on tackle Trent Williams' right knee revealed that he has a bone bruise , and not a season-threatening injury, according to a source familiar with the results of the test.