from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An injury in which the skin is not broken; a bruise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wound, such as a bruise, in which the skin is not broken; often having broken blood vessels and discolouration
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of beating, bruising, or pounding; the state of being beaten or bruised.
- n. A bruise; an injury attended with more or less disorganization of the subcutaneous tissue and effusion of blood beneath the skin, but without apparent wound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of beating and bruising, or the state of being bruised.
- n. The act of reducing to powder or fine particles by beating or pounding.
- n. In surgery, a bruise; a hurt or injury to the flesh or some part of the body without breach of integument or apparent wound, as one inflicted by a blunt instrument or by a fall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
- n. the action of bruising
From Middle French contusion, from Latin contusionem, from contusus, past participle of contundere ("to beat"), from com- + tundere ("to beat"). (Wiktionary)