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bridle

noun bri·dle \ ˈbrī-dᵊl \

Definition of bridle

1 :the headgear with which a horse is governed and which carries a bit (see 1bit 2a) and reins
2 :a length of line or cable attached to two parts of something (such as a ship) to spread the force of a pull; especially :rigging on a kite for attaching line
3 :curb, restraint
  • set a bridle on his power

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Origin and Etymology of bridle

Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel; akin to Old English bregdan to move quickly — more at braid

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bridle

verb

Definition of bridle

bridled; bridling play \ˈbrīd-liŋ, ˈbrī-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to put a harness with which a horse is governed on the head of :to put a bridle (see 1bridle 1) on
  • bridle a horse
2 :to restrain, check, or control with or as if with a bridle
  • bridle your tongue
  • was forced to bridle her anger
intransitive verb
:to show hostility or resentment (as to an affront to one's pride or dignity) especially by drawing back the head and chin
  • military commanders who had bridled against … interference
  • Time

Examples of bridle in a Sentence

  1. try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful

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Origin and Etymology of bridle

Middle English bridlen, going back to Old English brīdlian, verbal derivative of brīdel 1bridle

Synonym Discussion of bridle

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes.
    • restrained themselves from laughing
check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus.
    • trying to check government spending
curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking.
    • learn to curb your appetite
bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.
    • bridle an impulse to throw the book down

BRIDLE Defined for English Language Learners

bridle

noun

Definition of bridle for English Language Learners

  • : a device that fits on a horse's head and that is used for guiding and controlling the horse


bridle

verb

Definition of bridle for English Language Learners

  • : to put a bridle on (a horse)

  • : to react in an angry way


BRIDLE Defined for Kids

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bridle

noun bri·dle \ ˈbrī-dᵊl \

Definition of bridle for Students

:a device for controlling a horse made up of a set of straps enclosing the head, a bit, and a pair of reins

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bridle

verb

Definition of bridle for Students

bridled; bridling \ˈbrīd-liŋ, ˈbrī-dᵊl-iŋ\
1 :to put a bridle on
  • bridle a horse
2 :restrain 2
  • He tried to bridle his anger.
3 :to hold the head high and draw in the chin as an expression of resentment

Medical Dictionary

bridle

noun bri·dle \ ˈbrīd-ᵊl \

medical Definition of bridle



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