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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reinnoun

    one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse

  2. reinverb

    any means of control

    "he took up the reins of government"

  3. harness, rein in, draw rein, reinverb

    control and direct with or as if by reins

    "rein a horse"

  4. rein, rein inverb

    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"

  5. rein, rein inverb

    stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins

    "He reined in his horses in front of the post office"

  6. rule, harness, reinverb

    keep in check

    "rule one's temper"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reinnoun

    Etymology: resnes, Fr.

    Every horse bears his commanding rein,
    And may direct his course as please himself. William Shakespeare.

    Take you the reins, while I from cares remove,
    And sleep within the chariot which I drove. Dryden.

    With hasty hand the ruling reins he drew;
    He lash’d the coursers, and the coursers flew. Alexander Pope.

    The hard rein, which both of them have borne
    Against the old kind king. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    War to disorder’d rage let loose the reins. John Milton.

    When to his lust Ægisthus gave the rein,
    Did fate or we th’ adulterous act constrain. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Reinverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He, like a proud steed rein’d, went haughty on. John Milton.

    His son retain’d
    His father’s art, and warriour steeds he rein’d. Dryden.

    And where you find a maid,
    That, ere she sleep, hath thrice her pray’rs said,
    Rein up the organs of her fantasy;
    Sleep she as sound as careless infancy. William Shakespeare.

    Being once chaft, he cannot
    Be rein’d again to temperance; then he speaks
    What’s in his heart. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. Rein

    Reins are items of horse tack, used to direct a horse or other animal used for riding. They are long straps that can be made of leather, nylon, metal, or other materials, and attach to a bridle via either its bit or its noseband.


  1. rein

    Rein refers to a long, narrow strap attached at one end to a horse's bridle, typically used in pairs to guide or control the horse. In a broader context, it is used metaphorically to describe the means of controlling or directing a person or an organization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reinnoun

    the strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse

  2. Reinnoun

    hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint

  3. Reinverb

    to govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another

  4. Reinverb

    to restrain; to control; to check

  5. Reinverb

    to be guided by reins

  6. Etymology: [F. rne, fr. (assumed) LL. retina, fr. L. retinere to hold back. See Retain.]


  1. Rein

    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

  1. Rein

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rein

    A crack or vein in a musket-barrel.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rein

    A crack or vein in a musket-barrel.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. REIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rein is ranked #7882 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rein surname appeared 4,199 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Rein.

    91.3% or 3,834 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 154 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 106 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rein in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of rein in a Sentence

  1. Paolo Baretta:

    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.

  2. Barney Reynolds:

    They want a slightly more business-friendly approach to take root and to rein back from some of the more hostile approaches immediately post credit crunch, this is very much welcome as the UK financial sector was starting to lose traction.

  3. Katie Britt:

    When it comes to inflation, you know, talking to people across our state, whether it's retirees or hard-working families, people are hurting, people can't make ends meet. You look at what we need to do to rectify that. First, we need to rein in spending. We have got to stop the ridiculous, consistent overspending that has put us in this position to start with.

  4. Justin Jones of Nashville:

    It’s morally insane that a week after a mass shooting took six precious lives in my community here in Nashville, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, their first action is not to take actions to rein in this proliferation of weapons of war in our streets, but it’s to expel their colleagues for standing with our constituents.

  5. Tom Coburn:

    Our founders anticipated the federal government might get out of control, and they gave us a constitutional mechanism to rein it in.

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