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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bruise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bruised p. pr. & vb. n. Bruising.]
 1. 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.
 2. To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots, etc.; to crush.
    Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- To pulverize; bray; triturate; pound; contuse.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : injured without breaking the skin; "a cut forehead and
            bruised cheek" [syn: contused, contusioned]