from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To injure without breaking the skin; to bruise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat, pound, or bray together.
- transitive v. To bruise; to injure or disorganize a part without breaking the skin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 1. To beat; bruise; pound; pulverize by beating.
- To injure the flesh of, by impact of a blunt surface, with or without a breach of the integument; bruise by violent contact or pressure. If the injury is accompanied by a breaking of the skin, it is called a contused wound; if not, a contusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
Those weapons which graze the bone obliquely are less apt to fracture, contuse, or depress the bone, even when the bone is denuded of flesh; for in some of those wounds thus inflicted the bone is not laid bare of the flesh.
In fact, at the root-of the problem are the exaggerated importance attached to credits and certification, the educational monopoly claimed by schools, the tendency to "contuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new".
-- Shoulder atrophy such as the general practitioner commonly meets with, is an affection, more often seen in young animals and it seems to be due to injuries of various kinds which contuse the muscles of the shoulder.
No bald Mare my Gammon shall contuse again by one more Toss.
Jack Randall -- such a jolly chick! you must be introduced to him -- has promised to tie a cord across the pavement at the corner, from the lamp-post to a door-scraper; and we have made a careful estimate that, out of every half-dozen people who pass, six will fall down, four cut their faces more or less arterially, and two contuse their foreheads.
In this geographical dissertation the word Niger is still used, which is a name altogether unknown in Africa, and calculated to contuse the geographical enquirer.
The lesser degree of penetrative power, and increased capacity to contuse, possessed by such fragments are obvious.
The ball had struck this bundle; and, as its force was somewhat expended by the distance it had come, it was unable to more than penetrate the mass and contuse the soft parts of the chest.
I like a girl that is not overly self contuse or bitchy.
But if you contuse to make wild horse preserves of it ...