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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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  • The horse was saddled and bridled; the groom held the stirrup, and up I got.

  • These were all saddled, bridled, and magnificently caparisoned.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • I was not too much abashed to take notice that the Kelpie bridled at this.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • He bridled up at the word "illiterate," and repudiated the vile insinuation.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Miss Milliken bridled reproachfully at this slur on her sex.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • The farmer had evidently seen him before, as he bridled angrily.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • He was bridled, but instead of a saddle wore only a patch of a blanket.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • So he was to be bitted and bridled, it seemed, in the future.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for bridled

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 bridled

bridle

n.

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

bridle

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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