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1. A harness, consisting of a headstall, bit, and reins, fitted about a horse's head and used to restrain or guide the animal.
2. A curb or check: put a bridle on spending.
3. Nautical A span of chain, wire, or rope that can be secured at both ends to an object and slung from its center point.
v. bri·dled, bri·dling, bri·dles
1. To put a bridle on.
2. To control or restrain: could not bridle his excitement at the news. See Synonyms at restrain.
1. To lift the head and draw in the chin in anger or resentment.
2. To be angry or resentful; take offense: bridling at the criticism.
[Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel.]
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) 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. (General Engineering) a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
4. (Mechanical Engineering) machinery a device by which the motion of a component is limited, often in the form of a linkage or flange
5. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (tr) to put a bridle on (a horse, mule, etc)
6. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (intr) (of a horse) to respond correctly to the pull of the reins
7. (tr) to restrain; curb: he bridled his rage.
8. (often foll by: at) to show anger, scorn, or indignation
[Old English brigdels; related to bregdan to braid1, Old High German brittil, Middle Low German breidel]
n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
1. part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting usu. of a headstall, bit, and reins.
2. restraint; curb.
3. a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.
4. a rope or chain secured at both ends to an object, and itself held or lifted by a rope or chain secured at its center.v.t.
5. to put a bridle on.
6. to control or hold back; restrain; curb.v.i.
7. to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.
8. to show resentment.
[before 900; Middle English bridel, Old English brīdel for brigdels]
Past participle: bridled
The headgear with which a horse is guided. It includes a Bit, which goes in the horse’s mouth, and various straps that go around the horse’s head and hold the bit in place. Horses become quite adroit at spitting out bridle bits so a well-designed bridle is a necessity. Unlike the rest of the harness, which was quite late in development, bridles looking remarkably like those still used on horses first appeared in ninth century b.c. Mesopotamia relief carvings.
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|Noun||1.||bridle - headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control|
bit - piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding; "the horse was not accustomed to a bit"
cheekpiece - either of two straps of a bridle that connect the bit to the headpiece
harness - stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
headgear - stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
rein - one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
|2.||bridle - the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"|
restraint - the act of controlling by restraining someone or something; "the unlawful restraint of trade"
|Verb||1.||bridle - anger or take offense; "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"|
|2.||bridle - put a bridle on; "bridle horses"|
snaffle - fit or restrain with a snaffle; "snaffle a horse"
unbridle - remove the bridle from (a horse or mule)
|3.||bridle - respond to the reins, as of horses|
1. get angry, draw (yourself) up, bristle, seethe, see red, be infuriated, rear up, be indignant, be maddened, go crook (Austral. & N.Z. slang), raise your hackles, get your dander up (slang), get your back up He bridled at the shortness of her tone.
the harness on a horse's head to which the reins are attached. toom لِجام الحِصان юзда rédea uzda das Zaumzeug bidsel; hovedtøj χαλινάριbrida valjad لگام؛ عنان suitset brideרסן लगाम uzda kantár kendali beisli briglia 馬勒 (말의) 굴레 apynasris iemaukti kekang breidelbissel uzda عنان، لګام rédea căpăstru узда uzda uzda oglav betsel, remtyg บังเหียน yular 馬勒，馬籠頭 вуздечка, повід لگام کا حصہ dây cương ngựa 马勒，马笼头，马缰