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the act, fact, or process of losing blood or having blood flow.
the act or process of drawing blood from a person, especially surgically; bloodletting.
the extension of color beyond an edge or border, especially so as to combine with a contiguous color or to affect an adjacent area.
sending forth blood:
a bleeding sore.
feeling, expressing, or characterized by extreme or excessive anguish and compassion.
British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
bleeding fool.
British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
a bleeding silly idea.
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

Free Syrian Army Gen. Salem Idris Yet to Hear From D.C. About Promised ‘Military Support’ Josh Rogin June 16, 2013
Send Bin Laden the Bill: Dakota Meyer on His Return From Afghanistan Dakota Meyer September 28, 2012
Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’ Abby Haglage September 17, 2014
The Flotilla Propaganda War Dana Goldstein June 9, 2010
Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America’s Greatest Superhero Rich Goldstein August 15, 2014

Historical Examples

Cully Jack Egan
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI) Various
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
Bears I Have Met–and Others Allen Kelly

adjective, adverb (Brit, slang)
(intensifier): a bleeding fool, it’s bleeding beautiful
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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