noun headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
noun the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
- his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper
verb anger or take offense
- She bridled at his suggestion to elope
verb put a bridle on
verb respond to the reins, as of horses
, AS. bridel
; akin to OHG. britil
, D. breidel
, and possibly to E. braid
. Cf. Bridoon
- The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
- A restraint; a curb; a check.
- (Gun.) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the timbler, sear, etc.
- (Naut.) (a) A span of rope, line, or chain made fast as both ends, so that another rope, line, or chain may be attached to its middle. (b) A mooring hawser.
Syn. -- A check; restrain.
Bri"dle transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Bridled present participle & verbal noun Bridling
- To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist.
- To restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check, curb, or control; as, to bridle the passions; to bridle a muse.
Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation.
Syn. -- To check; restrain; curb; govern; control; repress; master; subdue.
Bri"dle intransitive verb
- To hold up the head, and draw in the chin, as an expression of pride, scorn, or resentment; to assume a lofty manner; -- usually with up. "His bridling neck."
By her bridling up I perceived she expected to be treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, but Mrs. Tranquillus.
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