Meaning of bleeder

bleed•er

Pronunciation: (blē'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who bleeds abnormally because of low clotting rate; hemophiliac.
  2. a person or animal that bleeds easily, esp. an athlete or racehorse.
  3. a person who draws blood from a sick person; phlebotomist.
  4. a person who drains another of money, resources, etc.; parasite or usurer.
  5. an ingot or casting from which some metal has escaped.
  6. Also calleda resistor that is connected across a power supply for voltage regulation and to dissipate the charge remaining in capacitors when the power is discontinued.
  7. Also calleda valve or opening for draining a tank, tubing, etc.
    1. a despicable person.
    2. a person, esp. a man; fellow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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