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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 braid1) + -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 bridling
Historical Examples
  • A number of wood-pigeons, bridling their necks, were strutting over a lawn near by.

  • "I'm sure I don't know what makes you think so," she answered, bridling a little.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • But the great evil of these days is that we try to destroy the romantic feeling, instead of bridling and directing it.

  • Out in the clearing, a man was bridling a tall buckskin horse.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • By this time Steve was bridling up and looking like a conquering hero.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • I 'aven't come to sharin' my butler's 'ouse,' said Mrs Clay, bridling.

    Sarah's School Friend May Baldwin
  • Few know the difficulty of bridling the imagination, and reining back a hard-mouthed pen.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "Well, I can assure you he was made for better things," she went on, bridling.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
  • "Drink or no drink," said Gloria, with a bridling of her head.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "I suppose you wish me to believe you are sorry," I said, bridling just the least bit.

    A New Sensation Albert Ross
British Dictionary definitions for bridling

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 bridling

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bridling in the Bible

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 meaning. Found in 2 Kings 19:28, where the restraints of God's providence are metaphorically styled his "bridle" and "hook." God's placing a "bridle in the jaws of the people" (Isa. 30:28; 37:29) signifies his preventing the Assyrians from carrying out their purpose against Jerusalem. (3.) Another word, _re'sen_, was employed to represent a halter or bridle-rein, as used Ps. 32:9; Isa. 30:28. In Job 30:11 the restraints of law and humanity are called a bridle.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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