Definition of Bridle

1. Noun. Headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control.

Terms within: Bit, Cheekpiece, Headpiece, Headstall, Noseband, Nosepiece, Rein
Group relationships: Harness
Generic synonyms: Headgear

2. Verb. Anger or take offense. "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"
Generic synonyms: Anger, See Red

3. Noun. The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess. "His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
Exact synonyms: Check, Curb
Generic synonyms: Restraint
Derivative terms: Check, Check, Curb, Curb

4. Verb. Put a bridle on. "Bridle horses"
Specialized synonyms: Snaffle
Generic synonyms: Constrain, Cumber, Encumber, Restrain
Antonyms: Unbridle

5. Verb. Respond to the reins, as of horses.
Generic synonyms: Answer, Reply, Respond

Definition of Bridle

1. n. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.

2. v. t. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.

3. v. i. 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.

Definition of Bridle

1. Noun. The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins. ¹

2. Noun. A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To put a bridle on. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in ''bridle your tongue''. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To show hostility or resentment. ¹

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Definition of Bridle

1. to control with a restraint [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Medical Definition of Bridle

1. 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. 3. The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the timbler, sear, etc. 4. 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. A mooring hawser. Bowline bridle. See Bowline. Branches of a bridle. See Branch. Bridle cable, a porthole or opening in the bow through which hawsers, mooring or bridle cables, etc, are passed. Bridle rein, a rein attached to the bit. Bridle road. Same as Bridle path. A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback exercise. Bridle track, a bridle path. Scolding bridle. See Branks. Synonym: A check, restrain. Origin: OE. Bridel, AS. Bridel; akin to OHG. Britil, brittil, D. Breidel, and possibly to E. Braid. Cf. Bridoon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bridle

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Literary usage of Bridle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"8767 Col de M ary or de Maurin (Ubaye Valley to Val Maira), bridle Col ... to Abries), bridle path . 8.695 path 8708 Col de la Roue ..."

2. An Ethnologic Dictionary of the Navaho Language by Franciscans, St. Michaels, Ariz (1910)
"These bridles cost from twenty-five to thirty dollars, or their equivalent in sheep, ponies, or other stock. Silver bridle. Lalt'! ..."

3. Recollections of a Rebel Reefer by James Morris Morgan (1917)
"CHAPTER XXVI The Confederate "White House" — President Davis gives an impromptu lecture on bridle bits — Letter of Mrs. Jefferson Davis denying truth of ..."

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