• WordNet 3.6
    • v rein keep in check "rule one's temper"
    • v rein stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins "He reined in his horses in front of the post office"
    • v rein 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"
    • v rein control and direct with or as if by reins "rein a horse"
    • n rein one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
    • n rein any means of control "he took up the reins of government"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An artificial hand , with fingers moved by cogwheels and levers, was designed in 1551 by Frenchman Ambroise Paré. It worked so well that a handless cavalryman was able to grasp the reins of his horse.
    • Rein Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint. "Let their eyes rove without rein ."
    • Rein The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse. "This knight laid hold upon his reyne ."
    • v. i Rein To be guided by reins.
    • Rein To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another. "He mounts and reins his horse."
    • Rein To restrain; to control; to check. "Being once chafed, he can not
      Be reined again to temperance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
    • n rein The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver restrains and guides the animal driven; any thong or cord used for the same purpose. See cut under harness.
    • n rein A rope of twisted and greased rawhide.
    • n rein plural The handles of blacksmiths' tongs, on which the ring or coupler slides.
    • n rein Figuratively, any means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint.
    • rein To govern, guide, or restrain by reins or a bridle.
    • rein To restrain; control.
    • rein To carry stiffly, as a horse does its head or neck under a bearing-rein.
    • rein To obey the reins.
    • n rein An obsolete singular of reins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rein rān the strap of a bridle: an instrument for curbing or governing: government
    • v.t Rein to govern with the rein or bridle: to restrain or control: to rein in, to curb
    • v.i Rein to obey the rein
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  • Dhammapada
    “He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins”
  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
  • John Locke
    “Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.”
  • Mary Cholmondeley
    Mary Cholmondeley
    “No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime Let out all the length of all the reins.”
  • John Milton
    “He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king”


Free rein - If someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. ('Free reign' is a common mistake.)
Pull in the reins - When you pull in the reins, you slow down or stop something that has been a bit out of control.
Tight rein - If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rêne, fr. (assumed) LL. retina, fr. L. retinere, to hold back. See Retain


In literature:

And four of those had extra horses on leading reins.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
I asked the girl to show me the moss the reins eat, and she did so (after a little search), and gathered me some.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
He neared the shrine, and, to a masterful rein, rose at a flying leap.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
As the left horse sank he threw his weight on the right rein as though to remedy the accident.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
These ribbons are the reins that we intend to use for our extraordinary race to-day.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
A rein in each hand 137 72.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
The troopers drew to the side of the track as he reined in beside the vehicle.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
Buck flung up his head and pulled instinctively on the reins.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Wyndham reined in the involuntary thought, as a man reins in his horse on the brink of a precipice.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
She sniffed at the branch of cherry blossoms and reined the horse back to face the ditch.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

Strive then thy wayward will to rein,
Since virtue is to it a pain,
And, 'till by God's word, thou'rt set right,
It still in evil takes delight.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
Here I want to see them. Before the stone.
Before this body with broken reins.
I want to know from them the way out
for this captain stripped down by death.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
Up hill, o'er dale, I never slackened speed;
Like lute-string sounded every rein.
I knew, my journey ended, I should come
To you, sweet bride, the comfort of my home."
"The Rejoicings Of A Bridegroom" by Confucius
"From a land whereon time hath not trod,
Where the spirit is bondless and bare,
And the world's rein breaks, and the rod,
And the soul of a man, which is God,
He adores without altar or prayer:
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
That could be the main thing: just to kneel,
So kneeling is the only thing you feel,
So that you keep your self-willed shapes contained
Inside of you, like horses tightly reined,
And find the grace not to expand and steal
"The Donor" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Why waits he, stark and silent, until the dawn of day? —
Was he slain in a fight forgotten, or hanged by the King's highway,
That without word of challenge, spur-clink or lift of rein,
Lonely he keeps his vigil till daylight comes again?
"The Horseman In The Night" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Dupaix's retirement leaves Skyline's reins to Marlowe .
A movement to rein in the dominance of Mission Hospital in Western North Carolina's healthcare landscape has hit a critical juncture.
Reining in the high cost of business travel.
Justin Verlander, reining MLB MVP and Cy Young Award winner from YOUR Detroit Tigers, also can predict the future.
New mayor takes reins in Hagerstown.
SC legislators vow to rein in secret groups that tried to unseat them.
Andrew Rein had a familiar routine whenever a severe storm threatened his childhood home of Birmingham, Ala.
I agree with the intentions of New York State's chief judge, Judith S Kaye, to rein in patronage .
Has the commission done sufficient work to prepare incoming leaders to take the reins.
Sometimes, you need to rein things in a bit and refocus.
Dan Wilder Jr, left, has taken the reins as general manager of Wilder Auto Group.
Congressman backs tolls, tax credits and more to rein in big rigs.
Elite anglers join Reins Tungsten .
Pressure Army to rein in ISI.
Reining in rowdiness Starting this season, Ralph Wilson Stadium will implement an NFL policy known as the 'list of the unforgiven ' - requiring fans kicked out of Bills games to make amends or remain banned from the stadium.

In science:

Kond¯o: A complex hyperbolic structure on the moduli space of curves of genus three, J. reine u. angew.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Rein, G. 1996 Cosmological solutions of the Vlasov-Einstein system with spherical, plane or hyperbolic symmetry.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
Phillips, Embedding of exact C*-algebras into O2 , J. reine angew.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
Varieties of sums of powers. J. reine angew.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
Schreyer. A standard basis approach to syzygies of canonical curves. J. reine angew.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8