one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
any means of control
"he took up the reins of government"
harness, rein in, draw rein, rein(verb)
control and direct with or as if by reins
"rein a horse"
rein, rein in(verb)
stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
"They reined in in front of the post office"
rein, rein in(verb)
stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
"He reined in his horses in front of the post office"
rule, harness, rein(verb)
keep in check
"rule one's temper"
the strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse
hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint
to govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another
to restrain; to control; to check
to be guided by reins
Origin: [F. rne, fr. (assumed) LL. retina, fr. L. retinere to hold back. See Retain.]
Reins are items of horse tack, used to direct a horse or other animal used for riding or driving. Reins can be made of leather, nylon, metal, or other materials, and attach to a bridle via either its bit or its noseband.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rān, n. the strap of a bridle: an instrument for curbing or governing: government.—v.t. to govern with the rein or bridle: to restrain or control: to rein in, to curb.—v.i. to obey the rein.—ns. Rein′-hold′er, a clasp on the dash-board of a carriage for holding the reins; Rein′-hook, a hook on a gig-saddle for holding the bearing-rein.—adj. Rein′less, without rein or restraint.—n. Reins′man, a skilful driver.—Rein up, to bring a horse to a stop.—Give the reins to, to leave unchecked; Take the reins, to take the control. [O. Fr. reine (Fr. rêne), through Late L. retina, from retinēre, to hold back.]
What does REIN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the REIN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
The numerical value of Rein in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Rein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Our founders anticipated the federal government might get out of control, and they gave us a constitutional mechanism to rein it in.
It's not the big banks that need relief from Washington -- it's small banks and small businesses, we should be doing more to rein in risky behavior on Wall Street and 'Too Big to Fail.'.
I have met many in the industry who are aware of the fact that in Italy there are too many opportunities to gamble and so there is a widespread need to rein it in order to safeguard public health.
Congress is obliged to use every constitutional check and balance we have to rein in President Obama's lawlessness, and that includes both our confirmation authority over nominees and the power of the purse.
I stress that the competition to design the flag is open to everyone, but we are especially keen to encourage our young people to give full rein to their imaginations, because this flag is ultimately for them and future generations of Fijians.
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Translations for Rein
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- по́вад, ле́йцыBelarusian
- юзда́, по́водBulgarian
- regnaCatalan, Valencian
- uzda, otěžCzech
- ohjas, suitsia, ohjastaa, suitset, ohjaFinnish
- jaling, leieWestern Frisian
- srianScottish Gaelic
- дизгин, уздаMacedonian
- teugel, besturenDutch
- lejce, cugiel, wodzePolish
- по́вод, во́жжи, узда́, вожжа́, пово́дьяRussian
- dizgin, дизгин, uzda, уздаSerbo-Croatian
- liace, uzdaSlovak
- tygel, tyglaSwedish
- по́від, ві́жкаUkrainian
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