bruise

noun
\ ˈbrüz How to pronounce bruise (audio) \

Definition of bruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an injury involving rupture of small blood vessels and discoloration without a break in the overlying skin : contusion
b : a similar injury to plant tissue
3 : an injury especially to the feelings criticisms that left a bruise

bruise

verb
bruised; bruising

Definition of bruise (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to inflict an injury involving rupture of small blood vessels and discoloration without a break in the overlying skin or a similar injury to plant tissue : to inflict a bruise (see bruise entry 1 sense 1) on : contuse bruised her arm when he grabbed her
2 : to break down (leaves, berries, etc.) by pounding : crush
3 : wound, injure especially : to inflict psychological hurt on The professional and personal tumbles that have bruised your ego in the past 12 months are over. New Woman
4a : batter, dent bruise armor
b archaic : disable

intransitive verb

1 : to bear or show the effects of a bruise : to undergo bruising her skin bruises easily
2 : to inflict a bruise

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Synonyms for bruise

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of bruise in a Sentence

Noun He had a bad bruise on his leg after he fell. a bruise on an apple Verb She bruised her knee when she fell. I don't want to bruise anyone's feelings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stevens said Walker was a game-time decision after sustaining a bone bruise of his left knee in Game 2. Ken Powtak, ajc, 29 May 2021 About 8 minutes after his game-winner, Escurra was involved in a nasty collision near midfield and had to be carted off the field with a left leg bruise. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 There was another cancer scare — a bruise on Fox’s stomach that the pediatrician relieved with some rubbing alcohol. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 LeVert was playing his second game in a row after missing one game with a right knee bruise. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2021 Landry Shamet had 30 points and Kyrie Irving scored 20 for the Nets, who played again without James Harden, sidelined with a hamstring issue, and lost Kevin Durant early in the first quarter with a left thigh bruise. Tim Reynolds, courant.com, 18 Apr. 2021 After a bumpy start to the season thanks to a bone bruise in his knee, Okeke has settled in to become arguably the Magic’s best player. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Magnuson is back: For about six weeks, LaPorte junior Chaise Magnuson was sidelined with a bone bruise in his left foot that required him to wear a walking boot. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Tobias Harris, who had a borderline all-star first half, played for the first time in three games and is managing a bone bruise in his knee. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using a mortar and pestle or the back of your chef's knife, press on the herbs (still on their stems) to bruise them, releasing some of their aromas and oils. Tim Carman, Arkansas Online, 26 May 2021 They were said to bruise easily, like strawberries. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 Using a mortar and pestle or the back of your chef’s knife, press on the herbs (still on their stems) to bruise them, releasing some of their aromas and oils. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 At the H Mart on Broadway at 110th Street in Manhattan, the lights are bright on the singo pears, round as apples and kept snug in white mesh, so their skin won’t bruise. New York Times, 6 May 2021 Daffodil clumps that need moving can be lifted while in leaf, but take care not to bruise foliage, slice bulbs or damage roots. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 Overdoing it with any lifting tool (for instance, pressing too hard or rolling too fast) could potentially bruise the skin or cause lots of redness. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Take two mint crowns, lightly bruise them with your fingers, and stick them against the inside close to the straw. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2021 West Coast basketball too often feels like a sports version of the witness protection program until teams bruise and bend brackets. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of bruise

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4b

History and Etymology for bruise

Noun

noun derivative of bruise entry 2

Verb

Middle English brusen, brisen, from Anglo-French & Old English; Anglo-French bruiser, briser to break, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bruid he shatters; Old English brȳsan to bruise; akin to Old Irish bruid, Latin frustum piece

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The first known use of bruise was before the 12th century

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5 Jun 2021

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“Bruise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bruise. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for bruise

bruise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dark and painful area on your skin that is caused by an injury
: a dark area on a plant or piece of fruit that has been damaged

bruise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bruise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause a bruise on (part of a person's body, a piece of fruit, etc.)
: to get a bruise
: to hurt (someone's confidence, feelings, etc.) through speech or actions

bruise

verb
\ ˈbrüz How to pronounce bruise (audio) \
bruised; bruising

Kids Definition of bruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to injure the flesh (as by a blow) without breaking the skin

bruise

noun

Kids Definition of bruise (Entry 2 of 2)

: a black-and-blue spot on the body or a dark spot on fruit caused by an injury or damage

bruise

verb
\ ˈbrüz How to pronounce bruise (audio) \
bruised; bruising

Medical Definition of bruise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to inflict a bruise on : contuse
2 : wound, injure especially : to inflict psychological hurt on

intransitive verb

: to undergo bruising she bruises easily

bruise

noun

Medical Definition of bruise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an injury transmitted through unbroken skin to underlying tissue causing rupture of small blood vessels and escape of blood into the tissue with resulting discoloration : contusion
2 : an injury especially to the feelings

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