- The definition of a bleed is the part of a printed picture that extends past the margins.
An example of a bleed is the extra color around the border of a picture that needs to be trimmed off.
- Bleed is defined as to lose blood, suffer a wound, ooze or for color to come off or through.
- An example of bleed is for a scraped knee to ooze blood.
- An example of bleed is for the dye on a red shirt to transfer onto a white shirt while washing in hot water.
A boy has scraped his knee and made it bleed.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to emit or lose blood
- to suffer wounds or die in a battle or cause
- to feel pain, grief, or sympathy; suffer
- to ooze; esp., to ooze sap, juice, etc., as bruised plants
- to run together, as dyes in wet cloth
- to come through a covering coat of paint, as certain stains
- to be printed to the edge of a page, wrapper, etc. so that a part is later trimmed off: said of pictures, designs, etc.
Origin: Middle English bleden ; from Old English bledan ; from blod, blood ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhlē-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bhel-, to swell from source ball, bloom
- to draw blood from; leech
- to ooze (sap, juice, etc.)
- ☆ to take sap or juice from
- to empty slowly of liquid, air, or gas
- to draw off (liquid, air, or gas) slowly
- to print (a picture, design, etc.) so that a small part at the edge is cut off when the paper is trimmed
- to trim (a page) so as to bleed some of the printed matter
- Informal to get money from, esp. by extortion
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verb bled bled , bleed·ing, bleeds verb, intransitive
- To emit or lose blood.
- To be wounded, especially in battle.
- To feel sympathetic grief or anguish: My heart bleeds for the victims of the air crash.
- To exude a fluid such as sap.
- To pay out money, especially an exorbitant amount.
- a. To run together or be diffused, as dyes in wet cloth.b. To undergo or be subject to such a diffusion of color: The madras skirt bled when it was first washed.
- To show through a layer of paint, as a stain or resin in wood.
- To be printed so as to go off the edge or edges of a page after trimming.
- a. To take or remove blood from.b. To extract sap or juice from.
- a. To draw liquid or gaseous contents from; drain.b. To draw off (liquid or gaseous matter) from a container.
- a. To obtain money from, especially by improper means.b. To drain of all valuable resources: “Politicians . . . never stop inventing illicit enterprises of government that bleed the national economy” (David A. Stockman).
- a. To cause (an illustration, for example) to bleed.b. To trim (a page, for example) so closely as to mutilate the printed or illustrative matter.
- An instance of bleeding.
- Illustrative matter that bleeds.
- a. A page trimmed so as to bleed.b. The part of the page that is trimmed off.
Origin: Middle English bleden, from Old English blēdan; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
bleed - Business Definition
bleed - Computer Definition
Printing at the very edge of the paper. Many laser printers, including all LaserJets up to the 11x17" 4V, cannot print to the very edge, leaving a border of approximately 1/4". In commercial printing, bleeding is generally more expensive, because wider paper is often used, which is later cut to size.
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bleed - Medical Definition
- To lose blood as a result of rupture or severance of blood vessels.
- To take or remove blood from.