Definitions for bridleˈbraɪd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bri•dleˈbraɪd l(n.; v.)-dled, -dling.

  1. (n.)part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting usu. of a headstall, bit, and reins.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  2. restraint; curb.

  3. a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.

    Category: Machinery

  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.

    Category: Nautical

  5. (v.t.)to put a bridle on.

  6. to control or hold back; restrain; curb.

  7. (v.i.)to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.

  8. to show resentment.

Origin of bridle:

bef. 900; ME bridel, OE brīdel for brigdels


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bridle(noun)

    headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control

  2. bridle, check, curb(verb)

    the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

    "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

  3. bridle(verb)

    anger or take offense

    "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"

  4. bridle(verb)

    put a bridle on

    "bridle horses"

  5. bridle(verb)

    respond to the reins, as of horses


  1. bridle(Noun)

    The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.

  2. bridle(Noun)

    A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.

  3. bridle(Verb)

    To put a bridle on.

  4. bridle(Verb)

    To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue.

  5. bridle(Verb)

    To show hostility or resentment.

    Immigrant-rights and religious organizations at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives.

  6. Origin: From bridel, from brigdilaz

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bridle(noun)

    the head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages

  2. Bridle(noun)

    a restraint; a curb; a check

  3. Bridle(noun)

    the piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc

  4. Bridle(noun)

    a span of rope, line, or chain made fast as both ends, so that another rope, line, or chain may be attached to its middle

  5. Bridle(noun)

    a mooring hawser

  6. Bridle(verb)

    to put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse

  7. Bridle(verb)

    to restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check, curb, or control; as, to bridle the passions; to bridle a muse

  8. Bridle(verb)

    to hold up the head, and draw in the chin, as an expression of pride, scorn, or resentment; to assume a lofty manner; -- usually with up


  1. Bridle

    A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, the "bridle" includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit. Headgear without a bit that uses a noseband to control a horse is called a hackamore, or, in some areas, a bitless bridle. There are many different designs with many different name variations, but all use a noseband that is designed to exert pressure on sensitive areas of the animal's face to provide direction and control.

Translations for bridle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the harness on a horse's head to which the reins are attached.

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