meaning of bridle

bridle meaning in General Dictionary

to keep up the head and attract the chin as a manifestation of pride scorn or resentment to believe a lofty fashion often with up

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  • To put a bridle upon to provide with a bridle as to bridle a horse
  • the pinnacle gear with which a horse is governed and restrained composed of a headstall a little and reins with other appendages
  • fury and take offense
  • place a bridle on
  • answer the reins, since horses
  • headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and little bit and reins to give the driver or motorist control
  • the act of restraining energy or activity or limiting extra
  • the pinnacle gear with which a horse is influenced and restrained, comprising a headstall, somewhat, and reins, along with other appendages.
  • A restraint; a curb; a check.
  • The piece in the inside of a weapon lock, which keeps in position the tumbler, sear, etc.
  • A span of line, line, or sequence made quickly as both stops, therefore that another line, line, or sequence is mounted on its middle.
  • A mooring hawser.
  • to place a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
  • To restrain, guide, or govern, with, or much like, a bridle; to test, control, or control; because, to bridle the interests; to bridle a muse.
  • to put up within the head, and attract the chin, as an phrase of pride, scorn, or resentment; to believe a lofty fashion; -- generally with up.

bridle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English bridel "bridle, rein, curb, restraint," related to bregdan "move rapidly," from Proto-Germanic *bregdilaz (see braid (v.)).

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  • "to manage, dominate," c.1200, from Old English bridlian "to suit with a bridle," from bridel (see bridle (letter.)). Indicating "to provide the pinnacle" (as a horse does whenever reined in) is from mid-15c. Relevant: Bridled; bridling.

bridle meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

a) part of a horse use that keeps the bit and reins together. b) A rope with hooks at both stops.


bridle meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The top equipment with which a horse is influenced and restrained, consisting of a headstall, quite, and reins, with other appendages.

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  • (n.) A restraint; a curb; a check.
  • (letter.) The piece when you look at the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
  • (letter.) A span of line, range, or sequence made quickly as both ends, to ensure that another rope, line, or chain might attached with its center.
  • (letter.) A mooring hawser.
  • (v. t.) To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; since, to bridle a horse.
  • (v. t.) To restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check on, suppress, or control; since, to bridle the passions; to bridle a muse.
  • (v. i.) To hold up the mind, and lure the chin, as a manifestation of pride, scorn, or resentment; to assume a lofty manner; -- usually with up.

Sentence Examples with the word bridle

The bridle road up the mountain leaves Glen Nevis at Achintee; it has a gradient nowhere exceeding 1 in 5, and the ascent is commonly effected in two to three hours.

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