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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bruis·er n.
 1. One who, or that which, bruises.
 2. A boxer; a pugilist; hence, a strong, tough person; -- often used in the phrase big bruiser.
 Like a new bruiser on Broughtonic sand,
 Amid the lists our hero takes his stand.   --T. Warton.
 3. A concave tool used in grinding lenses or the speculums of telescopes.