Bleed Definition

bled, bleeding, bleeds
bled, bleeding, bleeds
To emit or lose blood.
Webster's New World
To suffer wounds or die in a battle or cause.
Webster's New World
To feel pain, grief, or sympathy; suffer.
Webster's New World
To ooze (sap, juice, etc.)
Webster's New World
To ooze; esp., to ooze sap, juice, etc., as bruised plants do.
Webster's New World
An instance of bleeding.
American Heritage Medicine
Illustrative matter that bleeds.
American Heritage
The part of a printed picture, design, etc. that overruns the margin to be trimmed.
Webster's New World
A page trimmed so as to bleed.
American Heritage

In printing (1): 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).


Origin of Bleed

  • From Old English blēdan, from Proto-Germanic *blōþijaną (“to bleed”), from Proto-Germanic *blōþą (“blood”). Compare West Frisian bliede, Dutch bloeden, German bluten, Danish bløde, Swedish blöda.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bleden from Old English blēdan bhel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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