[ brahyd-l ]
/ ˈbraɪd l /
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part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting usually of a headstall, bit, and reins.
anything that restrains or curbs: His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.
Machinery. a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.
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.
a raising up of the head, as in disdain.
verb (used with object), bri·dled, bri·dling.
to put a bridle on.
to control or hold back; restrain; curb.
verb (used without object), bri·dled, bri·dling.
to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.
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Origin of bridle
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
OTHER WORDS FROM bridlebri·dle·less, adjectivebridler, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bridlebridal, bridle
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How to use bridle in a sentence
I bridled, too, at the unsolicited advice she persisted in giving my friends.Diane von Furstenberg: Becoming the Woman She Wanted to Be|Diane von Furstenberg|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still others bridled at my two suggested U.S. military actions.Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs|Leslie H. Gelb|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When pressed by his vice president—a fellow named Bush—to invade Panama and arrest its corrupt dictator, Reagan bridled.The New GOP Warmongers|Matt Latimer|March 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Newdegate was a hard-mouthed witness, but he-was saddled, bridled, and ridden to the winning-post.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh|George W. Foote
He bridled up at the word "illiterate," and repudiated the vile insinuation.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
His horse, "all saddled and bridled," stood below in the street, awaiting him.The Diamond Coterie|Lawrence L. Lynch
A great roan stallion, bridled but without a saddle, materialized.A World Called Crimson|Darius John Granger
One of the men came out of a corral leading Beasley's saddled and bridled horse.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for bridle
/ (ˈbraɪdəl) /
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
something that curbs or restrains; check
a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
machinery a device by which the motion of a component is limited, often in the form of a linkage or flange
(tr) to put a bridle on (a horse, mule, etc)
(intr) (of a horse) to respond correctly to the pull of the reins
(tr) to restrain; curbhe bridled his rage
(intr often foll by at) to show anger, scorn, or indignation
Derived forms of bridlebridler, noun
Word Origin for bridle
Old English brigdels; related to bregdan to braid 1, Old High German brittil, Middle Low German breidel
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