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Meaning of BRUISE

Pronunciation:  brooz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
  2. [v]  damage (plant tissue) by abrasion of pressure; "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"
  3. [v]  break up into small pieces, as in food preparation; "bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"
  4. [v]  injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of; "I bruised my knee"
  5. [v]  hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised me ego"

BRUISE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: contuse, contusion, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
 See Also: abase, affront, arouse, black eye, chagrin, crush, crush, damage, ecchymosis, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, harm, humble, humiliate, hurt, injure, injury, insult, jam, kindle, lacerate, mortify, petechia, provoke, raise, shiner, sting, trauma, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bruise\ (br[udd]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bruised}
    (br[udd]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bruising}.] [OE. brusen,
    brisen, brosen, bresen, AS. br[=y]san or fr. OF. bruiser,
    bruisier, bruser, to break, shiver, perh. from OHG.
    brochis[=o]n. Cf. {Break}, v. t.]
    1. To injure, as by a blow or collision, without laceration;
       to contuse; as, to bruise one's finger with a hammer; to
       bruise the bark of a tree with a stone; to bruise an apple
       by letting it fall.
    2. To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots,
       etc.; to crush.
             Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs.
    Syn: To pulverize; bray; triturate; pound; contuse.
  2. \Bruise\, v. i.
    To fight with the fists; to box.
          Bruising was considered a fine, manly, old English
          custom.                                  --Thackeray.
  3. \Bruise\, n.
    An injury to the flesh of animals, or to plants, fruit, etc.,
    with a blunt or heavy instrument, or by collision with some
    other body; a contusion; as, a bruise on the head; bruises on
          From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is
          no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises. --Isa. i.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A bruise or "contusion" is an traumatic injury of the soft tissues which results in breakage of the local capillaries and leakage of red blood cells. In the skin it can be seen as a reddish-purple discoloration which does not blanch when pressed upon. When it fades it becomes green and brown as the body metabolizes the blood cells in the skin. It is best treated with local application of a cold pack immediately after injury.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have a bruise, represents stress and mounting pressure that you are dealing with in your waking life. It may also refer to a reawakening of old, family wounds. Alternatively, you need to accept the consequences of your actions. Consider the symbolism of the specific part of your body that is bruised.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abrasion, abuse, aggrieve, anguish, barb the dart, bash, batter, beat, beat up, black, black eye, black-and-blue mark, blemish, blotch, boo-boo, buffet, bump, bung, bung up, contuse, contusion, cut, cut up, damage, discolor, discoloration, discolorment, do violence to, do wrong by, do wrong to, ecchymosis, grieve, harm, hurt, hurt the feelings, ill-treat, ill-use, injure, injury, knock about, maltreat, manhandle, mark, mash, maul, mishandle, mistreat, molest, mouse, outrage, pain, pierce, pound, prick, pulp, rough, rough up, savage, scrape, scratch, shiner, spot, squash, stab, sting, thrash soundly, twist the knife, welt, wound