- IPA: /ˈbliːd/
bleed (bleeds, present participle bleeding; past and past participle bled)
- (intransitive, of a person or animal) To lose blood through an injured blood vessel.
- If her nose bleeds, try to use ice.
- (transitive) To let or draw blood from.
- (transitive) To take large amounts of money from.
- (transitive) To steadily lose (something vital).
- The company was bleeding talent.
- (intransitive, of an ink or dye) To spread from the intended location and stain the surrounding cloth or paper.
- Ink traps counteract bleeding.
- (transitive) To remove air bubbles from a pipe containing other fluids.
- (obsolete, transitive) To bleed on; to make bloody.
- a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book VIII, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
- And so Sir Trystrames bledde bothe the over-shete and the neyther-shete, and the pylowes and the hede-shete
- (intransitive, copulative) To show one's group loyalty by showing (its associated color) in one's blood.
- He was a devoted Vikings fan: he bled purple.
- To lose sap, gum, or juice.
- A tree or a vine bleeds when tapped or wounded.
- To issue forth, or drop, like blood from an incision.
- 1713, Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest:
- For me the balm shall bleed.
- (phonology, transitive, of a phonological rule) To destroy the environment where another phonological rule would have applied.
- Labialization bleeds palatalization.
- French: saigner
- German: bluten
- Italian: sanguinare
- Portuguese: sangrar
- Russian: кровоточи́ть
- Spanish: sangrar
- Portuguese: sangrar
- Russian: пусти́ть кровь
- Spanish: desangrar
- German: ausbluten
- Spanish: purgar
bleed (plural bleeds)
- An incident of bleeding, as in haemophilia.
- (printing) A narrow edge around a page layout, to be printed but cut off afterwards (added to allow for slight misalignment, especially with pictures that should run to the edge of the finished sheet).
- (sound recording) The situation where sound is picked up by a microphone from a source other than that which is intended.
- German: Blutung
- German: Beschnitt