What does bristle mean?

bristle meaning in General Dictionary

To rise or remain erect like bristles

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  • To erect the bristles of to cause to stand up as bristles of an angry hog occasionally with up
  • a brief stiff coarse locks as regarding the back of swine
  • take a state of action or activity
  • have actually or perhaps thickly covered with or just as if with bristles
  • rise up like in fear
  • a stiff hair
  • a stiff dietary fiber (coarse locks or filament); all-natural or artificial
  • react in an offended or annoyed manner
  • A short, stiff, coarse hair, as in the back of swine.
  • A stiff, sharp, roundish locks.
  • To erect the bristles of; resulting in to face up, given that bristles of a mad hog; -- sometimes with up.
  • to repair a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.
  • To rise or sit erect, like bristles.
  • to seem as if covered with bristles; to have standing, dense and erect, like bristles.
  • to exhibit defiance or indignation.

bristle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English byrst "bristle," with metathesis of -r-, from Proto-Germanic *bursti- (cognates: Middle Dutch borstel, German borste), from PIE *bhrsti- from root *bhars- "point, bristle" (cognates: Sanskrit bhrstih "point, spike"). With -el, diminutive suffix.

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  • c.1200 (suggested in past participle adjective bristled) "set or covered with bristles," from bristle (n.). Meaning "become upset or excited" is 1540s, from the way pets show battle. Associated: Bristling.

bristle meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

One thing with rigid hairs or locks like pieces on a plant or pet.

bristle meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A brief, rigid, coarse locks, as in the straight back of swine.

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  • (letter.) A stiff, sharp, roundish hair.
  • (v. t.) To erect the bristles of; resulting in to face up, whilst the bristles of an angry hog; -- sometimes with up.
  • (v. t.) To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.
  • (v. i.) to go up or sit erect, like bristles.
  • (v. i.) to seem as though covered with bristles; to own standing, thick and erect, like bristles.
  • (v. i.) To show defiance or indignation.

Sentence Examples with the word bristle

C. Pinch-trap flowers, as in the family Asclepiadaceae, where the proboscis, claw or bristle of the insect is caught in the clip to which the pairs of pollinia are attached.

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