Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Bleeding adjective Emitting, or appearing to emit, blood or sap, etc.; also, expressing anguish or compassion.

Bleeding noun A running or issuing of blood, as from the nose or a wound; a hemorrhage; the operation of letting blood, as in surgery; a drawing or running of sap from a tree or plant.

Blemish transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blemished ; present participle & verbal noun Blemishing .] [ Middle English blemissen , blemishen , Old French blemir , blesmir , to strike, injure, soil, French blêmir to grow pale, from Old French bleme , blesme , pale, wan, French blême , probably from Icel blāman the livid color of a wound, from blār blue; akin to English blue . Old French blemir properly signifies to beat one (black and) blue, and to render blue or dirty. See Blue .]
1. To mark with deformity; to injure or impair, as anything which is well formed, or excellent; to mar, or make defective, either the body or mind.

Sin is a soil which blemisheth the beauty of thy soul.
Brathwait.

2. To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame.

There had nothing passed between us that might blemish reputation.
Oldys.

Blemish noun ; plural Blemishes Any mark of deformity or injury, whether physical or moral; anything that diminishes beauty, or renders imperfect that which is otherwise well formed; that which impairs reputation.

He shall take two he lambs without blemish , and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish.
Lev. xiv. 10.

The reliefs of an envious man are those little blemishes and imperfections that discover themselves in an illustrious character.
Spectator.

Syn. -- Spot; speck; flaw; deformity; stain; defect; fault; taint; reproach; dishonor; imputation; disgrace.

Blemishless adjective Without blemish; spotless.

A life in all so blemishless .
Feltham.

Blemishment noun The state of being blemished; blemish; disgrace; damage; impairment.

For dread of blame and honor's blemishment .
Spenser.

Blench intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blenched ; present participle & verbal noun Blenching .] [ Middle English blenchen to blench, elude, deceive, Anglo-Saxon blencan to deceive; akin to Icelandic blekkja to impose upon. Prop. a causative of blink to make to wink, to deceive. See Blink , and confer 3d Blanch .]
1. To shrink; to start back; to draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.

Blench not at thy chosen lot.
Bryant.

This painful, heroic task he undertook, and never blenched from its fulfillment.
Jeffrey.

2. To fly off; to turn aside. [ Obsolete]

Though sometimes you do blench from this to that.
Shak.

Blench transitive verb
1. To baffle; to disconcert; to turn away; -- also, to obstruct; to hinder. [ Obsolete]

Ye should have somewhat blenched him therewith, yet he might and would of likelihood have gone further.
Sir T. More.

2. To draw back from; to deny from fear. [ Obsolete]

He now blenched what before he affirmed.
Evelyn.

Blench noun A looking aside or askance. [ Obsolete]

These blenches gave my heart another youth.
Shak.

Blench intransitive verb & t. [ See 1st Blanch .] To grow or make pale. Barbour.

Blench holding (Law) See Blanch holding .

Blencher noun
1. One who, or that which, scares another; specifically, a person stationed to prevent the escape of the deer, at a hunt. See Blancher . [ Obsolete]

2. One who blenches, flinches, or shrinks back.

Blend transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blended or Blent ; present participle & verbal noun Blending .] [ Middle English blenden , blanden , Anglo-Saxon blandan to blend, mix; akin to Goth. blandan to mix, Icelandic blanda , Swedish blanda , Danish blande , Old High German blantan to mis; to unknown origin.]
1. To mix or mingle together; esp. to mingle, combine, or associate so that the separate things mixed, or the line of demarcation, can not be distinguished. Hence: To confuse; to confound.

Blending the grand, the beautiful, the gay.
Percival.

2. To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Syn. -- To commingle; combine; fuse; merge; amalgamate; harmonize.

Blend intransitive verb To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other, as colors.

There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality.
Irving.

Blend noun A thorough mixture of one thing with another, as color, tint, etc., into another, so that it cannot be known where one ends or the other begins.

Blend transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon blendan , from blind blind. See Blind , adjective ] To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Blende noun [ G., from blenden to blind, dazzle, deceive, from blind blind. So called either in allusion to its dazzling luster; or ( Dana ) because, though often resembling galena, it yields no lead. Confer Sphalerite .] (Min.) (a) A mineral, called also sphalerite , and by miners mock lead , false galena , and black-jack . It is a zinc sulphide, but often contains some iron. Its color is usually yellow, brown, or black, and its luster resinous. (b) A general term for some minerals, chiefly metallic sulphides which have a somewhat brilliant but nonmetallic luster.

Blender noun One who, or that which, blends; an instrument, as a brush, used in blending.

Blending noun
1. The act of mingling.

2. (Paint.) The method of laying on different tints so that they may mingle together while wet, and shade into each other insensibly. Weale.

Blendous adjective Pertaining to, consisting of, or containing, blende.

Blendwater noun A distemper incident to cattle, in which their livers are affected. Crabb.

Blenheim spaniel [ So called from Blenheim House , the seat of the duke of Marlborough, in England.] A small variety of spaniel, kept as a pet.

Blenk intransitive verb To blink; to shine; to look. [ Obsolete]

Blennioid, Blenniid adjective [ Blenny + -oid ] (Zoology) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the blennies.

Blennogenous adjective [ Greek ... mucus + -genous .] Generating mucus.

Blennorrhea noun [ Greek ... mucus + ... to flow.] (Medicine) (a) An inordinate secretion and discharge of mucus. (b) Gonorrhea. Dunglison.

Blenny noun ; plural Blennies [ Latin blennius , blendius , blendea , Greek ... , from ... slime, mucus.] (Zoology) A marine fish of the genus Blennius or family Blenniidæ ; -- so called from its coating of mucus. The species are numerous.

Blent imperfect & past participle of Blend to mingle. Mingled; mixed; blended; also, polluted; stained.

Rider and horse, friend, foe, in one red burial blent .
Byron.

Blepharitis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... eyelid + -ilis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the eyelids. -- Bleph`a*rit"ic adjective

Blesbok noun [ Dutch, from bles a white spot on the forehead + bok buck.] (Zoology) A South African antelope ( Alcelaphus albifrons ), having a large white spot on the forehead.

Bless transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blessed or Blest ; present participle & verbal noun Blessing .] [ Middle English blessien , bletsen , Anglo-Saxon bletsian , bledsian , bloedsian , from bl...d blood; probably originally to consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See Blood .]
1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.
Gen. ii. 3.

2. To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to.

The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest ;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
Shak.

It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee.
1 Chron. xvii. 27 (R. V. )

3. To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons.

Bless them which persecute you.
Rom. xii. 14.

4. To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food.

Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them.
Luke ix. 16.

5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self). [ Archaic] Holinshed.

6. To guard; to keep; to protect. [ Obsolete]

7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Ps. ciii. 1.

8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.

The nations shall bless themselves in him.
Jer. iv. 3.

9. To wave; to brandish. [ Obsolete]

And burning blades about their heads do bless .
Spenser.

Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest .
Fairfax.

» This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson, Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all parts of it. "In drawing [ their bow] some fetch such a compass as though they would turn about and bless all the field." Ascham.

Bless me! Bless us! an exclamation of surprise. Milton. -- To bless from , to secure, defend, or preserve from. " Bless me from marrying a usurer." Shak.

To bless the doors from nightly harm.
Milton.

-- To bless with , To be blessed with , to favor or endow with; to be favored or endowed with; as, God blesses us with health; we are blessed with happiness.

Blessed (blĕs"ĕd) adjective
1. Hallowed; consecrated; worthy of blessing or adoration; heavenly; holy.

O, run; prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at his blessed feet.
Milton.

2. Enjoying happiness or bliss; favored with blessings; happy; highly favored.

All generations shall call me blessed .
Luke i. 48.

Towards England's blessed shore.
Shak.

3. Imparting happiness or bliss; fraught with happiness; blissful; joyful. "Then was a blessed time." "So blessed a disposition." Shak.

4. Enjoying, or pertaining to, spiritual happiness, or heavenly felicity; as, the blessed in heaven.

Reverenced like a blessed saint.
Shak.

Cast out from God and blessed vision.
Milton.

5. (R. C. Ch.) Beatified.

6. Used euphemistically, ironically, or intensively.

Not a blessed man came to set her [ a boat] free.
R. D. Blackmore.

Blessed thistle See under Thistle .

Blessedly adverb Happily; fortunately; joyfully.

We shall blessedly meet again never to depart.
Sir P. Sidney.

Blessedness noun The state of being blessed; happiness; felicity; bliss; heavenly joys; the favor of God.

The assurance of a future blessedness .
Tillotson.

Single blessedness , the unmarried state. "Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness ." Shak.

Syn. -- Delight; beatitude; ecstasy. See Happiness .

Blesser noun One who blesses; one who bestows or invokes a blessing.

Blessing noun [ Anglo-Saxon bletsung . See Bless , transitive verb ]
1. The act of one who blesses.

2. A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces.

This is the blessing , where with Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel.
Deut. xxxiii. 1.

3. A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and welfare; a beneficent gift.

Nature's full blessings would be well dispensed.
Milton.

4. (Bib.) A gift. [ A Hebraism] Gen. xxxiii. 11.

5. Grateful praise or worship.

Blest adjective Blessed. "This patriarch blest ." Milton.

White these blest sounds my ravished ear assail.
Trumbull.

Blet noun [ French blet , blette , adjective , soft from over ripeness.] A form of decay in fruit which is overripe.

Blet intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bletted ; present participle & verbal noun Bletting .] To decay internally when overripe; -- said of fruit.

Bletonism noun The supposed faculty of perceiving subterraneous springs and currents by sensation; -- so called from one Bleton , of France.

Bletting noun A form of decay seen in fleshy, overripe fruit. Lindley.

Blew imperfect of Blow .

Bleyme noun [ French bleime .] (Far.) An inflammation in the foot of a horse, between the sole and the bone. [ Obsolete]

Bleynte imperfect of Blench . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Blickey noun [ Dutch blik tin.] A tin dinner pail. [ Local, U. S.] Bartlett.

Blight (blīt) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blighted ; present participle & verbal noun Blighting .] [ Perh. contr. from Anglo-Saxon blīcettan to glitter, from the same root as English bleak . The meaning "to blight" comes in that case from to glitter, hence, to be white or pale, grow pale, make pale, bleach. Confer Bleach , Bleak .]
1. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.

[ This vapor] blasts vegetables, blights corn and fruit, and is sometimes injurious even to man.
Woodward.

2. Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects.

Seared in heart and lone and blighted .
Byron.

Blight intransitive verb To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights .

Blight noun
1. Mildew; decay; anything nipping or blasting; -- applied as a general name to various injuries or diseases of plants, causing the whole or a part to wither, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or atmospheric influences.

2. The act of blighting, or the state of being blighted; a withering or mildewing, or a stoppage of growth in the whole or a part of a plant, etc.

3. That which frustrates one's plans or withers one's hopes; that which impairs or destroys.

A blight seemed to have fallen over our fortunes.
Disraeli.

4. (Zoology) A downy species of aphis, or plant louse, destructive to fruit trees, infesting both the roots and branches; -- also applied to several other injurious insects.

5. plural A rashlike eruption on the human skin. [ U. S.]