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bridle Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
  2. noun the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
    curb; check.
    • his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper
  3. verb anger or take offense
    • She bridled at his suggestion to elope
  4. verb put a bridle on
    • bridle horses
  5. verb respond to the reins, as of horses

Bri"dle noun
OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. Bridoon.
  1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
  2. A restraint; a curb; a check. I. Watts.
  3. (Gun.) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the timbler, sear, etc.
  4. (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
  1. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
    He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist. Drake.
  2. 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. Addison.
    Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation. Burke.
    Syn. -- To check; restrain; curb; govern; control; repress; master; subdue.
Bri"dle intransitive verb
  1. 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." Wordsworth.
    By her bridling up I perceived she expected to be treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, but Mrs. Tranquillus. Tatler.

Webster 1913

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