verb (used without object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
verb (used with object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
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Origin of bristle
OTHER WORDS FROM bristlebris·tle·less, adjectivebris·tle·like, adjectivenon·bris·tled, adjectiveun·bris·tled, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for bristle
This set of two Oxo scrub brushes is designed for the hardest to reach, toughest stains, with durable nylon bristles and comfortable no-slip grips.Grout scrub brushes that tackle even the toughest stains|PopSci Commerce Team|January 19, 2021|Popular Science
Avoid wringing out a brush after washing, which can damage its bristles, Lee said.Bacteria can grow on your neglected makeup and brushes. Here’s what to toss and what to clean.|Allyson Chiu|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
If you don’t, “the bristles tend to get frayed and do not effectively remove as much bacteria and plaque from your mouth,” she says.When to replace smoke detectors, sponges, pillows and more, according to experts|Daniel Bortz|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
But the tanks with their guns bristling ominously toward Syrian territory failed to respond to the shelling.Turkey’s Attitude Toward ISIS? Sympathy for the Devil|Jamie Dettmer|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Caiman offers a range of option packages, from bristling-with-machine-guns, to monster-truck-field-hospital.
Security guards stand about, bristling with straps and guns and billy clubs.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The National Rifle Association was always there bristling on the barricades of opposition.For Obama, Romney, and America, Gun Control Is Dead|Robert Shrum|July 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In what way, exactly, is a nation bristling with armaments like people gunned down by the Einsatzgruppen?
His face was hidden beneath a beard of bristling, bushy red, and he had a sharp hook nose and small, bright eyes.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
The duke was agricultural above all things; he had a model estate bristling with scientific improvement.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
With his hair bristling, Balsamo receded to the door, uncertain whether to flee or remain.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
His overcoat was army blue, but he wore a bristling fur cap, and his rifle was slung on his back.
Two of the dark-grey masses, bristling with steel on our front, began to move towards the battery.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell