[ 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 'aven't come to sharin' my butler's 'ouse,' said Mrs Clay, bridling.Sarah's School Friend|May Baldwin
"Well, I can assure you he was made for better things," she went on, bridling.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
"It's not very polite to tell us so, Mr. Dempsey," said the thin old lady, bridling.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
Saddling and bridling him, I mounted and rode out past the house where I saw some ladies but did not speak to them.My Service in the U.S. Colored Cavalry|Frederick W. Browne
The cultivated man makes of nature his friend, and honors its friendship, while only bridling its caprice.The Aesthetical Essays|Friedrich Schiller
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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