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.
adj 1: causing mental or emotional injury; "a bruising experience";
"protected from the bruising facts of battle"- John
2: brutally forceful and compelling; "protected from the
bruising facts of battle"