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bridle

[brahyd-l] /ˈbraɪd l/
noun
1.
part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting usually of a headstall, bit, and reins.
2.
anything that restrains or curbs:
His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.
3.
Machinery. a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.
4.
Nautical. a rope or chain secured at both ends to an object to be held, lifted, or towed, and itself held or lifted by a rope or chain secured at its center.
5.
a raising up of the head, as in disdain.
verb (used with object), bridled, bridling.
6.
to put a bridle on.
7.
to control or hold back; restrain; curb.
verb (used without object), bridled, bridling.
8.
to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.
Origin of bridle
900
before 900; Middle English bridel, Old English brīdel for brigdels, equivalent to brigd- (variant stem of bregdan to braid) + -els noun suffix; akin to Dutch breidel, Old High German brittel
Related forms
bridleless, adjective
bridler, noun
Can be confused
bridal, bridle.
Synonyms
2. governor. 2, 7. check. 7. govern, constrain, inhibit, restrict, limit. 8. bristle.
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Examples from the Web for bridle
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  • Stephen caught the bridle, and Ambrose helped the burgess into the saddle.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Take my bridle off the wall, you, Jeff, and throw it at my feet.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Alleyne, you will come with me, and lead a spare horse by the bridle.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "It is well," said he, and with a shake of the bridle rode on down the woodland path.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Shandy gave the bridle a swing, and it clattered to the floor from its peg.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Langdon took Diablo by the bridle rein and led him in toward the stalls.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Why didn't you do as I told you—hang to the bridle and fight Denver off with your whip?

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for bridle

bridle

/ˈbraɪdəl/
noun
1.
a headgear for a horse, etc, consisting of a series of buckled straps and a metal mouthpiece (bit) by which the animal is controlled through the reins
2.
something that curbs or restrains; check
3.
a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
4.
(machinery) a device by which the motion of a component is limited, often in the form of a linkage or flange
verb
5.
(transitive) to put a bridle on (a horse, mule, etc)
6.
(intransitive) (of a horse) to respond correctly to the pull of the reins
7.
(transitive) to restrain; curb: he bridled his rage
8.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to show anger, scorn, or indignation
Derived Forms
bridler, noun
Word Origin
Old English brigdels; related to bregdan to braid1, Old High German brittil, Middle Low German breidel
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Word Origin and History for bridle
n.

Old English bridel "bridle, rein, curb, restraint," related to bregdan "move quickly," from Proto-Germanic *bregdilaz (see braid (v.)).

v.

"to control, dominate," c.1200, from Old English bridlian "to fit with a bridle," from bridel (see bridle (n.)). Meaning "to throw up the head" (as a horse does when reined in) is from mid-15c. Related: Bridled; bridling.

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