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Definition of the noun bruise
What does bruise mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: bruises
- an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
- lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
- synonym of bruise: contusion
- more generic words: harm / hurt / injury / trauma = any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
- more specific terms:
Alternative definition of the noun bruise
- [medicine] A purplish mark on the skin due to leakage of blood from capillaries under the surface that have been damaged by a blow.
- A dark mark on fruit caused by a blow to its surface.
Specialised definition of the noun bruise
Glossary of sports
a dark area on the skin made by blood that has escaped into the tissues after a blow (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)
- synonym: ecchymosis
Definition of the verb bruise
What does bruise mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: bruised | bruising | bruises
- injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
- examples: I bruised my knee | Did he bruise his foot?
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula Verbs with the same syntax [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] Carol crushed the ice Verbs of Cutting: chip, cleave, crumble, crumple, crunch, crush, cube, dent, dice, fillet, flake, flatten, gash, gouge, grate, grind, mangle, mash, mince, nick, notch, perforate, pulverize, scrunch, shred, slice, slit, smash, squash, squish [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument] Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] That chisel carves well | That hammer crushes well | This knife cuts well [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient] The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] Marble carves easily | The bread cuts easily | The ice crushes easily [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Patient] Tessa hurt/sprained her ankle Verbs Involving the Body: bark, bite, bump, burn, contuse, cut, hurt, injure, nick, prick, scald, scratch, skin, strain, sunburn
- lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
- synonym of bruise: contuse
- more generic words: injure / wound = cause injuries or bodily harm to
- more specific words: crush / jam = crush or bruise
- hurt the feelings of
- example: This remark really bruised my ego
- lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
- synonyms of bruise: hurt / injure / offend / spite / wound
- more generic words: arouse / elicit / enkindle / evoke / fire / kindle / provoke / raise = call forth
- more specific words:
- break up into small pieces for food preparation
- damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure
- example: The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] Carol crushed the ice [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument] Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] That chisel carves well | That hammer crushes well | This knife cuts well [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient] The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] Marble carves easily | The bread cuts easily | The ice crushes easily
Verbs of Cutting (with the same syntax): chip, cleave, crumble, crumple, crunch, crush, cube, dent, dice, fillet, flake, flatten, gash, gouge, grate, grind, mangle, mash, mince, nick, notch, perforate, pulverize, scrunch, shred, slice, slit, smash, squash, squish.
- domain: flora / plant / plant life
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- more generic word: damage = inflict damage upon
Alternative definition of the verb bruise
- [transitive] To strike (a person), originally with something flat or heavy, but now specifically in such a way as to discolour the skin without breaking it.
- [transitive] To damage the skin of (fruit), in an analogous way.
- [intransitive] Of fruit, to gain bruises through being handled roughly.
- [intransitive, medicine] To bruise easily.
Bruise is a musical artist.
- "Bruise" is the seventh album by the American electronic act Assemblage 23. It was released on June 12, 2012 on Metropolis Records and Accession Records.
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- "Bruise" is a composition by Oleander.
Bruise: Injury of the soft tissues or bone without breaking the skin, as by a blow. (from Dictionary.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bruise
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The Millennial Harbinger (1843)
by Alexander Campbell, Charles Louis Loos
Every good bruise is an effectual argument; and hence those once thoroughly in the system sometimes delight to carry conviction by the senses to the souls of those whom they cannot otherwise assail. Hence, in maintaining the camp- meeting ...
Veterinary specialist (1981)
by United States. Dept. of the Army, Academy of Health Sciences
Bruise is a damaged portion of the muscle or fatty tissue as evidenced by darkened flesh. e. Blood clot. Blood clot is an organized, coagulated, mass of blood in the fat or muscle tissue. f. Foreign material. Foreign material is any extraneous ...
by Siobhan Brid McAuliffe
Solar bruising A bruise is an impact injury that causes focal (or generalized) damage with subsequent hemorrhage of the solar corium. It occurs commonly in all types of horses. The basic cause is abnormal focal weightbearing. This may be ...
by Marion Gooding
A bruise is a discoloration because of trauma to a part of the body, whereas brews are sold in bars, pubs, and taverns.
Pediatric Massage Therapy (2004)
by Marybetts Sinclair
BRUISES A bruise is an area of discolored or black-and-blue tissue that is a result of injury (usually some kind of an impact). Capillaries beneath the skin break and blood leaks into the surrounding tissue. Bruises come in all sizes, from a tiny ...
by John Nott
BRUISE the Gooseberries, press out the Pulp thro' a Cloth or Sieve. Put three quarters of a Pint of double refind Sugar to every Pint of Pulp; boil them to such a height, that when it is laid on a Plate it will not stick to it, then strain it. 38. QIO makt ...
A Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)
by Robert Ireland
bruise. (contusion) n. An escape of blood from ruptured blood vessels beneath the skin causing discoloration. It initially appears red, and then gradually changes to blue, then green, and finally yellow, as the haemoglobin is broken down as ...
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- Progression of a Bruise
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- Blood Donation Bruise
No idea why the nurse chose the vein next to the vein she normally draws from. #Fail.
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Quotes about Bruise
Better bend the back than bruise the forehead.
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Scrabble value of B3R1U1I1S1E1
The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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