bridle

  • 1 Bridle — Bri dle, n. [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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Bridle — Bri dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bridled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bridling}.] 1. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse. [1913 Webster] He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist. Drake. [1913 Webster] 2. To restrain, guide,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 bridle — [brīd′ l] n. [ME & OE bridel < bregdan, move quickly: see BRAID] 1. a head harness for guiding a horse: it consists of headstall, bit, and reins 2. anything resembling a horse s bridle 3. anything that controls or restrains 4. FRENUM 5 …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 bridle — [n] restraining device check, control, curb, deterrent, hackamore, halter, headstall, leash, rein, restraint, trammels; concept 497 bridle [v] check, hold back constrain, control, curb, govern, inhibit, keep in check, master, moderate, repress,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 bridle — ► NOUN ▪ the headgear used to control a horse, consisting of buckled straps to which a bit and reins are attached. ► VERB 1) put a bridle on. 2) bring under control. 3) show resentment or anger. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 Bridle — Bri dle, 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. His bridling neck. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] By her bridling up I perceived she expected to be… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 bridle — index bar (hinder), block, clog, constrain (imprison), constrain (restrain), contain ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 bridle — vb 1 check, curb, *restrain, inhibit Analogous words: repress, *suppress: *govern, rule: control, direct, manage (see CONDUCT) Antonyms: vent Contrasted words: *express …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 Bridle — A bridle is a piece of equipment used to control a horse. The bridle fits over a horse s head, and has the purpose of controlling the horse. It holds a bit in the horse s mouth. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, a bridle includes a… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 bridle — {{11}}bridle (n.) O.E. bridel bridle, rein, curb, restraint, related to bregdan move quickly, from P.Gmc. *bregdilaz (see BRAID (Cf. braid) (v.)). {{12}}bridle (v.) to control, dominate, c.1200, from O.E. bridlian to fit with a bridle, from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 Bridle —    Three Hebrew words are thus rendered in the Authorized Version.    1) Heb. mahsom signifies a muzzle or halter or bridle, by which the rider governs his horse (Ps. 39:1).    2) Me theg, rendered also bit in Ps. 32:9, which is its proper… …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 12 bridle — I UK [ˈbraɪd(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms bridle : singular bridle plural bridles leather bands that go over a horse s head and hold the bit in its mouth II UK [ˈbraɪd(ə)l] / US verb Word forms bridle : present tense I/you/we/they bridle …

    English dictionary

  • 13 bridle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel; akin to Old English bregdan to move quickly more at braid Date: before 12th century 1. the headgear with which a horse is governed and which carries a bit and reins 2. a length of …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 bridle — I n. to put on a bridle II v. (D; intr.) to bridle at (she bridled at her friend s nasty remark) * * * [ braɪdl] to put on a bridle (D; intr.) to bridle at (she bridled at her friend s nasty remark) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 bridle — 1. noun a) The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins. the horseman, who is the user of bridles and knows their use; b) A length of line or ca …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 Bridle — Recorded as Bridal, Bridle, Bridel, Bridell and possibly others, this is an English surname. Of pre 8th century origins it is almost certainly occupational for a bridelsmyth , a maker of bits and bridles for horses and one who worked in both… …

    Surnames reference

  • 17 bridle — bri|dle1 [ˈbraıdl] n [: Old English; Origin: bridel] a set of leather bands put around a horse s head and used to control its movements bridle 2 bridle2 v 1.) [i]written to become angry and offended about something bridle at ▪ The senator bridled …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 bridle — /ˈbraɪdl / (say bruydl) noun 1. the part of the harness of a horse, etc., about the head, consisting usually of headstall, bit, and reins, and used to restrain and guide the animal. 2. anything that restrains or curbs. 3. Machinery a link, flange …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 bridle — n. & v. n. 1 a the headgear used to control a horse, consisting of buckled leather straps, a metal bit, and reins. b a restraining thing or influence (put a bridle on your tongue). 2 Naut. a mooring cable. 3 Physiol. a ligament checking the… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 bridle — the rope or wire between the otter board and net in a trawl. May be single, twin or three bridle rigs. The towing bridle refers particularly to the wire between the net and ground wire …

    Dictionary of ichthyology