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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bridle respond to the reins, as of horses
    • v bridle put a bridle on "bridle horses"
    • v bridle anger or take offense "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"
    • n bridle the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
    • n bridle headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic of beautiful handiwork performed by craftsmen of a bygone day Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bridle (Naut) A mooring hawser.
    • Bridle A restraint; a curb; a check.
    • Bridle (Naut) 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.
    • Bridle The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
    • Bridle (Gun) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
    • v. i Bridle 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.""By her bridling up I perceived she expected to be treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, but Mrs. Tranquillus."
    • Bridle To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse. "He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist."
    • Bridle 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. "Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bridle That portion of the gear or harness of a horse (or other animal similarly used) which is fitted to its head, and by which it is governed and restrained, consisting usually of a head-stall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages, according to its particular form and uses. See cut under harness.
    • n bridle An old instrument of punishment and restraint for scolds: a simpler form of the branks.
    • n bridle Figuratively, a restraint; a curb; a check.
    • n bridle The piece in the interior of a gun-lock which covers and holds in place the tumbler and sear, being itself held by the screws on which they turn. See cut under gun-lock.
    • n bridle The piece on the end of a plow-beam to which the draftshackle is attached; the clevis. Also called muzzle or plow-head.
    • n bridle In machinery, a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.
    • n bridle Nautical, a chain or rope span both ends of which are made fast, the strain or power being applied to the bight.
    • n bridle In pathology, a small band attaching two parts to each other, as two serous surfaces after inflammation, or the sides of the urethra after urethritis, or stretched across a pustule or vesicle, modifying its shape.
    • n bridle In anatomy, a frenum (which see).
    • bridle To put a bridle on: as, to brīdle a horse.
    • bridle To restrain, guide, or govern; check, curb, or control: as, to bridle the passions.
    • bridle Synonyms To repress, master, subdue.
    • bridle To hold the head up, in the manner of a spirited horse under a strong rein, especially as an expression of pride, scorn, or resentment; assume a lofty manner so as to assert one's dignity or express indignation; toss the head; strut: generally with up.
    • n bridle An arrangement by which a large kite, used in aërial observations, is attached to the steel wire by which it is held. The Marvin safety-bridle consists of two parts, the upper and lower bridle, attached to the main rib of the kite a few inches apart. A small copper wire, or safety-line, is inserted between them. When this wire is broken by the strain of a strong wind, the upper bridle comes into play and the lower portion goes out of use, so that the kite at once flies at a lower angle and the strain is relaxed. In the Blue Hill automatic elastic bridle an elastic band is introduced into the bridle and an increasing strain gradually alters the angle of flight.
    • n bridle A device for controlling the speed of logs on a skid-road. It consists of a short rope with two hooks at one end which are driven into the first log of the turn; at the other end is a clamp which runs over the cable.
    • n bridle In certain cephalopods, one of the bands which attach the funnel to the head.
    • n bridle In pianoforte-making. Same as bridle-tape.
    • bridle To connect; join as by a bridle: as draft-rollers (in cotton-manufacturing) that are yoked together.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bridle brī′-dl the apparatus on a horse's head, by which it is controlled: any curb or restraint: a gesture expressing pride or vanity
    • v.t Bridle to put on or manage by a bridle: to check or restrain
    • v.i Bridle to hold up the head proudly or affectedly
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  • Burton
    “Temperance is a bridle of gold.”
  • Richard Rumbold
    Richard Rumbold
    “I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    “You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Reason lies between the bridle and the spur.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bridel, AS. bridel,; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid,. Cf. Bridoon


In literature:

The two bridles should be always in two hands, except when placed together to shorten them.
"Hints on Horsemanship, to a Nephew and Niece" by George Greenwood
The three men halted and with lowered bridles allowed their horses to drink.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
The reason is, that they ride with one bridle and two hands, instead of two bridles and one hand.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
The horse was driven to a good shady place on the edge of the woods, relieved of his bridle, and left in charge of the dog.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
Who would have been mad enough to think of bridled electricity?
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
They found Curly with bridle hanging, standing in the snow beside the barn.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Tugging at the bridle to quicken his horse's pace, he hastened forward to examine his game.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The evening's mood suited Geoffrey's, and he rode slowly with loose bridle.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
The mare was now on her legs again, and stood ready bridled, while two men held her with the lariat drawn tight over her windpipe.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
A sudden stamping testified that Belle had approached Rosa with the bridle.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

At the mirk and midnight hour
She heard the bridles sing,
She was as glad at that
As any earthly thing.
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
Let me hitch my horse's bridle
To this stunted tree :
Now, instead of one chap idle,
We can reckon three.
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
"I patted wi my foot, master,
Till a' my bridles rang,
But the mair that I did patt,
Waken woud ye nane."
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
About the middle o' the night
She heard the bridles ring;
This lady was as glad at that
As any earthly thing.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
Perseverance' solid saddle,
Prudence' trusty bridle-rein,
Enterprise' elastic stirrup,
And Experience' curb of pain?
"The Steed And The Rider" by Ernest Jones
On we went through field and hedge,
Loosened bridles jingling;
Long that echo from the ledge
In my ear kept tingling.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau

In news:

Duke Ellington, asked once in a TV interview about the music of his people, bridled at the question and improvised a riff on the fluidity of identity.
Bridle Path auction fails to sell home on Park Lane Circle.
Hadfield's has outfitted leisure riders to Olympians, providing everything from clothing to bridles and saddles .
He has recently been shod and his bridle path just shaved.
Many theologians bridled at his interpretations.
James Bridle's "moodboard for unknown products" is behind us now, but those "unknown products" are showing up in sudden heaps, while a genuine new aesthetic is still some good distance ahead of us.
Spokane County Sheriff deputies are investigating an attempted luring that happened Tuesday morning in the area of Bridle Trail and Lidgerwood.
The arboretum was the site of popular bridle trails for horseback riders, as well as tobogganing and skiing.
Your likelihood of cardiac arrest is substantially higher if, for instance, you live in a Bridle Path mansion or a Parkdale rooming house.
Made from 4.5-ounce English bridle leather and woven sailing cord, this strap leaves off metal hardware that can jangle or even damage your gear as your camera swings around your neck.
Kerry Kuhn rides his horse without a bridle in a training pen in Barber County.
Raise the Bridle Spanish Steps Unbridled.
Negotiations continue with landowners in proximity to the Bridle Trail in Rotary Park.
It also includes stainless steel rings at the foot and head, a four-point lifting bridle, soft eye lift connection points nd a neoprene head restraint.
An online survey by the Friends of the Bridle Trail is gathering information on winter use by those interested in accessing the Bridle Trail at Rotary Park year round.

In science:

Turning to A 1763, galaxies appear to be falling in to this cluster along a ∼2Mpc long filament (Vall ´ee & Bridle 1982; Bardeau et al. 2004, in prep.).
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
We thank Sarah Bridle, Alan Heavens, Ariyeh Maller and Karen Masters for their useful comments.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
Our low frequency circle falls at 178 MHz and (the circled aspect) is old enough that it may well have originally been reported as pertaining the 178 Mc/s (Bridle 1967), with special thanks to Dwek and Barker (2005) for pointing out that this 40 year old number is still the best available, 32 ± 8 K.
Astrophysics in 2006
This feature easily satisfies the Bridle & Perley (1984) criteria for classification as a jet, and its energy spectrum is power-law (rather than thermal).
Radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars: one population, different epochs of observation
We study parameter constraints using a suitably modified version of the Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) engine CosmoMC (Lewis & Bridle 2002) to explore the Bayesian posteriors for the cosmological parameters.
Parameters and pitfalls in dark energy models with time varying equation of state