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to lose blood from the vascular system, either internally into the body or externally through a natural orifice or break in the skin:
to bleed from the mouth.
(of injured tissue, excrescences, etc.) to exude blood:
a wart that is bleeding.
(of a plant) to exude sap, resin, etc., from a wound.
(of dye or paint) to run or become diffused:
All the colors bled when the dress was washed.
(of a liquid) to ooze or flow out.
to feel pity, sorrow, or anguish:
My heart bleeds for you. A nation bleeds for its dead heroes.
to suffer wounds or death, as in battle:
The soldiers bled for the cause.
(of a broadcast signal) to interfere with another signal:
CB transmissions bleeding over into walkie-talkies.
Printing. (of printed matter) to run off the edges of a page, either by design or through mutilation caused by too close trimming.
Slang. to pay out money, as when overcharged or threatened with extortion.
Metallurgy. (of a cooling ingot or casting) to have molten metal force its way through the solidified exterior because of internal gas pressure.
to cause to lose blood, especially surgically:
Doctors no longer bleed their patients to reduce fever.
to lose or emit (blood or sap).
to drain or draw sap, water, electricity, etc., from (something):
to bleed a pipeline of excess air.
to remove trapped air from (as an automotive brake system) by opening a bleeder valve.
to obtain an excessive amount from; extort money from.

to permit (printed illustrations or ornamentation) to run off the page or sheet.
to trim the margin of (a book or sheet) so closely as to mutilate the text or illustration.


a sheet or page margin trimmed so as to mutilate the text or illustration.
a part thus trimmed off.

Medicine/Medical. an instance of bleeding; hemorrhage:
an intracranial bleed.
Printing. characterized by bleeding:
a bleed page.
bleed off, to draw or extract:
to bleed off sap from a maple tree; to bleed off static electricity.
bleed white. white (def 41).
Contemporary Examples

Black Hawk Down’s Long Shadow Daniel Klaidman October 8, 2013
Egypt: Stop Mutilating Little Girls! Bel Trew April 25, 2014
The Exemplary Plane at the Heart of the MH370 Mystery Clive Irving March 26, 2014
More Spam From Fox Viewers David Frum February 19, 2012
OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time Kevin Fallon June 12, 2014

Historical Examples

Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly David Bryant Fulton
The Trail Book Mary Austin
The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton Mrs. Russell Barrington
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
O Pioneers! Willa Cather

verb bleeds, bleeding, bled
(intransitive) to lose or emit blood
(transitive) to remove or draw blood from (a person or animal)
(intransitive) to be injured or die, as for a cause or one’s country
(of plants) to exude (sap or resin), esp from a cut
(transitive) (informal) to obtain relatively large amounts of money, goods, etc, esp by extortion
(transitive) to draw liquid or gas from (a container or enclosed system): to bleed the hydraulic brakes
(intransitive) (of dye or paint) to run or become mixed, as when wet
to print or be printed so that text, illustrations, etc, run off the trimmed page
(transitive) to trim (the edges of a printed sheet) so closely as to cut off some of the printed matter
(intransitive) (civil engineering, building trades) (of a mixture) to exude (a liquid) during compaction, such as water from cement
bleed someone or something dry, to extort gradually all the resources of a person or thing
one’s heart bleeds, used to express sympathetic grief, but often used ironically

an illustration or sheet trimmed so that some matter is bled
(as modifier): a bleed page

(printing) the trimmings of a sheet that has been bled

In addition to the idiom beginning with bleed


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