headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
bridle, check, curb(verb)
the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
"his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
anger or take offense
"She bridled at his suggestion to elope"
put a bridle on
respond to the reins, as of horses
The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
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.
To put a bridle on.
To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue.
To show hostility or resentment.
Immigrant-rights and religious organizations at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives.
Origin: From bridel, from brigdilaz
the head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages
a restraint; a curb; a check
the piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc
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
a mooring hawser
to put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse
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
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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
brī′-dl, n. the apparatus on a horse's head, by which it is controlled: any curb or restraint: a gesture expressing pride or vanity.—v.t. to put on or manage by a bridle: to check or restrain.—v.i. to hold up the head proudly or affectedly.—ns. Brī′dle-hand, the hand which holds the bridle in riding—the left hand; Brī′dle-path, a path or way for horsemen; Brī′dler, one who governs or restrains as by a bridle; Bri′dle-rein, the strap of a bridle.—To bridle up (at something), to take something amiss. [A.S. brídel; Old High Ger. brittel.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
See MOORING-BRIDLE and BOWLINE-BRIDLE.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
An instrument with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a head-stall, a bit and reins, with other appendages, according to its particular form and uses.
In gunnery, the piece in the interior of a gun-lock, which covers and holds in place the tumbler and sear, being itself held by the screws on which they turn.
The numerical value of bridle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of bridle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of bridle in a Sentence
So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.
Reminiscence rides a serene mare with a fluffy duke at the bridle.
If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.
It's unjust to simply put a politically correct bridle on someone and say,' You've got to do a background check on everybody that ever tweets something out before you can ever agree with a single sentence that they might put out,' and by the way I didn't even know it was his message. I thought it was a Breitbart message.
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Translations for bridle
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- bridaCatalan, Valencian
- être susceptible, réagir de manière piquée, brider, bride, refrénerFrench
- srianScottish Gaelic
- սանձահարել, սանձArmenian
- brido, bridagarIdo
- hoofdstel, zich vijandig opstellen, breidelen, intomen, in bedwang houden, gepikeerd reagerenDutch
- bissel, hodelagNorwegian
- tranzelka, uzda, żachnąć się, ogłowiePolish
- уздечка, уздаRussian
- узде, uzdeSerbo-Croatian
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