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bri·dle

 (brīd′l)
n.
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
v.tr.
1. To put a bridle on.
2. To control or restrain: could not bridle his excitement at the news. See Synonyms at restrain.
v.intr.
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.]

bri′dler n.

bridle

(ˈbraɪdəl)
n
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
vb
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]
ˈbridler n

bri•dle

(ˈbraɪd l)

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]
bri′dle•less, adj.
bri′dler, n.

bridle


Past participle: bridled
Gerund: bridling

Imperative
bridle
bridle
Present
I bridle
you bridle
he/she/it bridles
we bridle
you bridle
they bridle
Preterite
I bridled
you bridled
he/she/it bridled
we bridled
you bridled
they bridled
Present Continuous
I am bridling
you are bridling
he/she/it is bridling
we are bridling
you are bridling
they are bridling
Present Perfect
I have bridled
you have bridled
he/she/it has bridled
we have bridled
you have bridled
they have bridled
Past Continuous
I was bridling
you were bridling
he/she/it was bridling
we were bridling
you were bridling
they were bridling
Past Perfect
I had bridled
you had bridled
he/she/it had bridled
we had bridled
you had bridled
they had bridled
Future
I will bridle
you will bridle
he/she/it will bridle
we will bridle
you will bridle
they will bridle
Future Perfect
I will have bridled
you will have bridled
he/she/it will have bridled
we will have bridled
you will have bridled
they will have bridled
Future Continuous
I will be bridling
you will be bridling
he/she/it will be bridling
we will be bridling
you will be bridling
they will be bridling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bridling
you have been bridling
he/she/it has been bridling
we have been bridling
you have been bridling
they have been bridling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bridling
you will have been bridling
he/she/it will have been bridling
we will have been bridling
you will have been bridling
they will have been bridling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bridling
you had been bridling
he/she/it had been bridling
we had been bridling
you had been bridling
they had been bridling
Conditional
I would bridle
you would bridle
he/she/it would bridle
we would bridle
you would bridle
they would bridle
Past Conditional
I would have bridled
you would have bridled
he/she/it would have bridled
we would have bridled
you would have bridled
they would have bridled

Bridle

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bridle - headgear for a horsebridle - 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
headpiece, headstall - the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head
noseband, nosepiece - a strap that is the part of a bridle that goes over the animal's nose
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"
Verb1.bridle - anger or take offense; "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"
see red, anger - become angry; "He angers easily"
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
answer, reply, respond - react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

bridle

noun
1. rein, curb, control, check, restraint, trammels She dismounted and took her horse's bridle.
verb
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.
2. curb, control, master, govern, moderate, restrain, rein, subdue, repress, constrain, keep in check, check, keep a tight rein on, keep on a string I must learn to bridle my tongue.

bridle

noun
An instrument or means of restraining:
verb
To control, restrict, or arrest:
Translations
لِجام الحِصان
uzda
bidselhovedtøj
HahnepotZaumZaumzeug
suitset
beisli
apynasris
iemaukti

bridle

[ˈbraɪdl]
A. N [of horse] → brida f, freno m
B. VT [+ horse] → frenar, detener
C. VIpicarse, ofenderse (at por)
D. CPD bridle path Ncamino m de herradura

bridle

[ˈbraɪdəl]
nbride f
vt [+ horse] → brider; [+ person] → refréner
vi (literary)se cabrer
to bridle at sth (= be offended by) → s'indigner de qchbridle path npiste f cavalière

bridle

n (of horse)Zaum m
vt
horseaufzäumen
(fig) one’s tongue, emotionsim Zaume halten
visich entrüstet wehren (at gegen)

bridle

[ˈbraɪdl]
1. nbriglia
2. vtmettere le briglie a, imbrigliare
3. vi (with indignation) → adombrarsi, adontarsi

bridle

(ˈbraidl) noun
the harness on a horse's head to which the reins are attached.
References in classic literature ?
Amy bridled up at this insult, and determined to find out the secret, if she teased for an hour.
Every individual taste, every natural appetite, was bridled by caution.
shouted Magua, hurling his tomahawk with violence at the unresisting speaker, and gnashing his teeth with a rage that could no longer be bridled at this sudden exhibition of firmness in the one he believed the weakest of the party.
It lasted while I just bridled a little with the sense that my office demanded that there should be no such ignorance and no such person.