Definition of Bristle

1. Noun. A stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic.

Group relationships: Brush
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre
Derivative terms: Bristly

2. Verb. Be in a state of movement or action. "The streets bristle with crowds"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"
Exact synonyms: Abound, Burst
Generic synonyms: Feature, Have
Derivative terms: Burst

3. Noun. A stiff hair.
Generic synonyms: Hair

4. Verb. Rise up as in fear. "It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!"
Exact synonyms: Stand Up, Uprise

5. Verb. Have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles. "Bristling leaves"
Generic synonyms: Feature, Have

6. Verb. React in an offended or angry manner. "He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program"
Generic synonyms: React, Respond

Definition of Bristle

1. n. A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine.

2. v. t. To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; -- sometimes with up.

3. v. i. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.

Definition of Bristle

1. Noun. A stiff or coarse hair. ¹

2. Noun. The hair or straws that make up a brush, broom, or similar item. ¹

3. Noun. (slang) A humorous misspelling of Bristol, in imitation of the local dialect in the English city of that name, ¹

4. Verb. To be on one's guard or raise one's defenses; to react with fear, suspicion, or distance. ¹

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Definition of Bristle

1. to rise stiffly [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES]

Medical Definition of Bristle

1. Stiff, strong but slender hair or trichome. (13 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bristle

brisket disease
bristle (current term)
bristle at
bristle brush
bristle cell
bristle fern
bristle up
bristlecone fir
bristlecone pine

Literary usage of Bristle

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

1. Flora of the Rocky Mountains and Adjacent Plains, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming by Per Axel Rydberg (1917)
"Stems short, 4-6 cm. long, creeping, sparingly branched; leaves short, deeply channeled, abruptly contracted into the bristle; apical bristle 0.25-0.33 mm. ..."

2. The Philippine Journal of Science by Philippines Bureau of Science (1907)
"Ventrally the fifth and sixth segments have a stout, latero-ventral bristle at their posterior margins, while on the seventh and eighth there is a submedian ..."

3. Synoptical Flora of North America: The Gamopetalae, Being a Second Edition by Asa Gray (1888)
"slender bristle equalling the proper tube of the corolla. — PI. Wright, i. 101. — Rocky bair of the Guadalupe, near New Braunfels, Texas, ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1871)
"bristle-TAILS AND SPRING-TAILS. BY AS PACKARD, JR., MD THE Thysanura, ... The group of bristle-tails, as we would dub the ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1831)
"Sub-maxillary Tumour produced by a hog's bristle in Ike Canal of ... After some months suffering, the extremity of a bristle was discovered projecting into ..."

6. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential Sir James Edward Smith, James Sowerby by Sir James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1802)
"Leaves bristle-shaped, curved to one side. ... The leaves are likewise' bristle-shaped, and dilated at their base, but rather longer, and curved to one side ..."

7. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine by Nathaniel Lloyd and Company (1902)
"... even if two are only very small, and a peculiar long bristle on the middle trochanters in front, pointing in the direction of the femur ; moreover, ..."

8. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa ( Gray, Merritt Lyndon Fernald, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1908)
"... with linear or lanceolate flat leaves and cylindrical spike- like panicles. (Name from seta, a bristle. ... bristle» 1-8. Downwardly barbed .... . . 8. ..."

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