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bruise - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'bruise' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . 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 fruit.
2 . Bruise [ v. i.]
- To fight with the fists; to box.
3 . Bruise [ v. t.]
- 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.
- To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots, etc.; to crush.

Meaning of 'bruise' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bruise [ v]
Meaning (1):
- break up into small pieces for food preparation
Example in sentence:
  • bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them
Meaning (2):
- injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
Example in sentence:
  • I bruised my knee
Meaning (3):
- hurt the feelings of
Example in sentence:
  • She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests;
  • This remark really bruised my ego
Meaning (4):
- damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure
Example in sentence:
  • The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them