What does bristle mean?

Definitions for bristle
ˈbrɪs əlbris·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bristle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bristlenoun

    a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic

  2. bristleverb

    a stiff hair

  3. abound, burst, bristleverb

    be in a state of movement or action

    "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"

  4. bristle, uprise, stand upverb

    rise up as in fear

    "The dog's fur bristled"; "It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!"

  5. bristleverb

    have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles

    "bristling leaves"

  6. bristleverb

    react in an offended or angry manner

    "He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program"

Wiktionary

  1. bristlenoun

    A stiff or coarse hair.

    Etymology: From bristil, brustel, diminutive of brust, from byrst, from burstiz (compare Dutch borstel, German Borste ‘boar's bristle’, Icelandic burst), from bʰr̥stís (compare Middle Irish brostaim ‘I goad, spur’, Latin fastigium ‘top’, Polish barszcz ‘hogweed’).

  2. bristlenoun

    The hair or straws that make up a brush, broom, or similar item.

    Etymology: From bristil, brustel, diminutive of brust, from byrst, from burstiz (compare Dutch borstel, German Borste ‘boar's bristle’, Icelandic burst), from bʰr̥stís (compare Middle Irish brostaim ‘I goad, spur’, Latin fastigium ‘top’, Polish barszcz ‘hogweed’).

  3. bristlenoun

    A humorous misspelling of Bristol, in imitation of the local dialect in the English city of that name,

    Etymology: From bristil, brustel, diminutive of brust, from byrst, from burstiz (compare Dutch borstel, German Borste ‘boar's bristle’, Icelandic burst), from bʰr̥stís (compare Middle Irish brostaim ‘I goad, spur’, Latin fastigium ‘top’, Polish barszcz ‘hogweed’).

  4. bristleverb

    To be on one's guard or raise one's defenses; to react with fear, suspicion, or distance.

    The employees bristled at the prospect of working through the holidays.

    Etymology: From bristil, brustel, diminutive of brust, from byrst, from burstiz (compare Dutch borstel, German Borste ‘boar's bristle’, Icelandic burst), from bʰr̥stís (compare Middle Irish brostaim ‘I goad, spur’, Latin fastigium ‘top’, Polish barszcz ‘hogweed’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bristlenoun

    a short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine

  2. Bristlenoun

    a stiff, sharp, roundish hair

  3. Bristleverb

    to erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; -- sometimes with up

  4. Bristleverb

    to fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread

  5. Bristleverb

    to rise or stand erect, like bristles

  6. Bristleverb

    to appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles

  7. Bristleverb

    to show defiance or indignation

Freebase

  1. Bristle

    A bristle is a stiff hair or feather. Also used are synthetic materials such as nylon in items such as brooms and sweepers. Bristles are often used to make brushes for cleaning uses, as they are strongly abrasive; common examples include the toothbrush and toilet brush. The bristle brush is a common household cleaning tool, often used to remove dirt or grease from pots and pans.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bristle

    bris′l, n. a short, stiff hair, as of swine.—v.i. to stand erect, as bristles.—v.t. to cover, as with bristles: to make bristly:—pr.p. bris′tling; pa.p. brist′led.—adj. Bristled (bris′ld), furnished with bristles.—n. Brist′liness.—adj. Brist′ly, set with bristles: rough.—To set up one's bristles, to show temper. [A.S. byrst; Scot. birse; cog. with Ger. borste, Ice. burst.]

Entomology

  1. Bristle

    a stiff hair, usually short and blunt.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bristle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bristle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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