from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of (part of the body) without breaking the skin, as by a blow.
- intransitive verb To damage (plant tissue), as by abrasion or pressure.
- intransitive verb To dent or mar.
- intransitive verb To pound (berries, for example) into fragments; crush.
- intransitive verb To hurt, especially psychologically.
- intransitive verb To experience or undergo bruising.
- noun An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations.
- noun A similar injury to plant tissue, often resulting in discoloration or spoilage.
- noun A painful feeling caused by or associated with an experience.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To injure by a blow or by pressure without laceration; contuse, as a pliant substance; dent or beat in without breaking, as anything hard: as, to
bruisethe hand; a bruised apple; “his bruised shield,”
- To crush by beating or pounding; pound; bray, as drugs or articles of food.
- Figuratively, to beat down or oppress; cudgel, as the brain; scourge; damage.
- To fight with the fists; box.
- noun A contusion; a superficial injury caused by impact, without laceration, as of an animal body, a plant, or other impressible object.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
- transitive verb To injure, as by a blow or collision, without laceration; to contuse.
- transitive verb To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots, etc.; to crush.
- intransitive verb To fight with the fists; to box.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To
strike(a person), originally with something flat or heavy, but now specifically in such a way as to discolour the skinwithout breaking it.
- verb transitive To damage the skin of (fruit), in an analogous way.
- verb intransitive Of fruit, to gain bruises through being handled
- verb intransitive, medicine To bruise easily.
- noun medicine A
purplish markon the skindue to leakageof bloodfrom capillariesunder the surface that have been damaged by a blow.
- noun A dark mark on
fruitcaused by a blow to its surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
- verb injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
- verb break up into small pieces for food preparation
- verb damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure
- verb hurt the feelings of
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The entire bruise is the size of a tea cup saucer; the outer part is turning brown already.
The bruise is fading but still visible under his right eye and he's not covering it up, not even off the basketball court.
On concussions alone, a reader at deadspin. com  compiled the following list of players who have borne the brunt of a brain bruise in 2010:
First, mediagenic skier Lindsey Vonn suggested a shin bruise would keep her from competing.
Their advice on how to take care of the bruise is constructive and shows that they care, I liked that.
When I took my bird this spring, it was the first time I didn't have that tell-tale bruise from the 3.5 inch load.
A bruise is just a collection of blood under your skin that leaks out through tiny damaged blood vessels.
If a day without a bruise is wasted, then today must be a banner day.
My arm still twangs funny from where Nardo beat me with the pastry tongs (the bruise is gone, but the tendons are still soft), so that makes me even doubly butch.
Notes: Cavaliers rookie G Shannon Brown hasn't been playing - or practicing - because of a deep shin bruise he sustained when he was accidentally kicked in practice.