Definitions for: Bridle

[n] the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
[n] headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
[v] respond to the reins, as of horses
[v] put a bridle on; "bridle horses"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bri"dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG.
britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf.
1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and
restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins,
with other appendages.

2. A restraint; a curb; a check. --I. Watts.

3. (Gun.) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which
holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.

4. (Naut.)
(a) 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.
(b) A mooring hawser.

Bowline bridle. See under Bowline.

Branches of a bridle. See under Branch.

Bridle cable (Naut.), a cable which is bent to a bridle.
See 4, above.

Bridle hand, the hand which holds the bridle in riding; the
left hand.

Bridle path, Bridle way, a path or way for saddle horses
and pack horses, as distinguished from a road for

Bridle port (Naut.), a porthole or opening in the bow
through which hawsers, mooring or bridle cables, etc., are

Bridle rein, a rein attached to the bit.

Bridle road.
(a) Same as Bridle path. --Lowell.
(b) A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback

Bridle track, a bridle path.

Scolding bridle. See Branks, 2.

Syn: A check; restrain.

Bri"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bridled; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to
bridle a horse.

He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist. --Drake.

2. 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. --Addison.

Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel
in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that
consolidation. --Burke.

Syn: To check; restrain; curb; govern; control; repress;
master; subdue.

Bri"dle, v. i.
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. ``His bridling neck.'' --Wordsworth.

By her bridling up I perceived she expected to be
treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, but Mrs.
Tranquillus. --Tatler.

Synonyms: check, curb

See Also: answer, bit, cheekpiece, constrain, cumber, encumber, harness, headgear, headpiece, headstall, rein, reply, respond, restrain, restraint, snaffle

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