• Brushes.—Round Bristle
    Brushes.—Round Bristle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bristled having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc. "a horse with a short bristly mane","bristly shrubs","burred fruits","setaceous whiskers"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Brushes.—Flat Bristle Brushes.—Flat Bristle
Preparing the bristles Preparing the bristles
Joining thread and bristle Joining thread and bristle
Machinery to scrape of bristle Machinery to scrape of bristle

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first modern toothbrush was invented in China. Its bristles came from hogs hair or the mane of a horse that were then put into ivory handles
    • bristled Having bristles; hence, stiffly bearded: as, “bristled lips,”
    • bristled In heraldry, having bristles on the neck and back: said specifically of a boar used as a bearing. When the bristles are of a different tincture, it is specified: as, a boar's head and neck sable, bristled or.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first toothbrush with bristles was developed in China in 1498. Bristles were taken from hogs at first, later from horses. The nylon bristles were developed in 1938 by DuPont.
    • adj Bristled (bris′ld) furnished with bristles
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  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “A hairy body, and arms stiff with bristles, give promise of a manly soul.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. byrst; Scot. birse; cog. with Ger. borste, Ice. burst.


In literature:

The body is square at the end, with a slight median indentation, and four long bristles of equal length.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The bristles on his thick muzzle are of a lighter colour than those of the coat, being somewhat of a reddish hue.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Little did he care that his silvery bristles were smeared with black.
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Although thus transformed and covered with bristles, they still retained the human mind.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
His ship was called the "Iron Beard," because her bows bristled with sharpened spikes of iron.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The coarse, bristling hedge is at the end of his chin, and not of his garden.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
Bristling above all was a threatening crest of waving blades.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Seeing the high indifference of this small, bristling stranger, the ram stepped up and was just about to sniff at him inquiringly.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She waited in sickening fear and bristling pride for the first burst of his anger which would mean their separation.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Procure the bristles of a very young pig, five or six weeks old.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous

In poetry:

It came to me in my sleep,
And I rose from my sleep and went
Out in the night to weep,
Over the bristling bent.
With my soul, it seemed, I stood
Alone in a moaning wood.
"Self And Soul" by Madison Julius Cawein
He heeded not the fierce onsets
From bristling fields of bayonets;
He heeded not
The thunder-tread of warring steeds,
But holds his men of daring deeds
Right on the spot.
"Stonewall Jackson" by Albery Allson Whitman
Envenomed, old, rage-filled, his jaw
Foamed as his eyes the heroes saw,
And faster he went, his strong bristles and mane
Erect, sharp as darts, strong as wood of the plain;
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And fear was on him: as he stepped,
A keen pang through his senses swept,
For, pierced by the venomous bristle, his sight
Saw gloom shroud the mountain, and darkness the light.
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Old forests, where the gnarly oak stands regnant
Bristling with twigs that still repullulate,
And, swoln with spring, with sappy sweetness pregnant,
The maple blushes with its leafy weight.
"Spring" by Madison Julius Cawein
He comes! the tall jungle before him loud crashing,
His mane bristled fiercely, his fiery eyes flashing;
With a roar of disdain, he leaps forth in his wrath,
To challenge the foe that dare 'leaguer his path.
"The Lion Hunt" by Thomas Pringle

In news:

About the two-dozenth time the car's paint was raked by rows of bristled shrubs spilling out from both sides of the driveway, it finally settled in: Time to do something about the Scotch broom.
The protean tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin touches down on numerous musical platforms on this bristling disc.
References from the 2013 Coral and Reef USA article "Do You Bristle".
W hen he hears people describe fellow comedians Jon Stewart and Bill Maher as "liberal comics," Jimmy Dore bristles.
As I took cover from the Cindy clamor in the relative calm of Sears' purple Barney display, questions bristled from our style safari: How is it that an L.A. Street kid knows the name of one of Madonna's Paris designers.
Chrissie Hynde still bristling with punk spunk .
And if you really want to save your smile, cut down on acidic foods altogether, switch to a soft-bristle toothbrush, and use a toothpaste high in fluoride to keep your teeth healthy and stain -free.
Gum Soft-Picks have 76 soft, flexible rubber bristles that slide between teeth to remove food and gently massage gums.
A Bristle- thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) pauses on rocks near the shore in the Kona district of the Big Island of Hawaii.
D on't be intimidated by the ominous black bristles.
Nice and fluffy with great bristles that create a multitude of effects.
Available in three lightsaber designs, these toothbrushes have interdental bristles to clean hard-to-reach areas between teeth.
' Dracula ' dinosaur was all bristles and vampire-like fangs.
' Dracula ' dinosaur had bristles and fangs.
Tiny ' Dracula ' dinosaur had bristles and fangs, ate veggies.

In science:

A random brush is defined by lettin g the length of the bristles be identically and independently distributed by a probability measure on N0 ∪ {∞}.
The spectral dimension of random brushes
We will indeed see below that adding a single in finite bristle to Zd with d ≥ 4 will bring the spectral dimension down to 3.
The spectral dimension of random brushes
We will use the variable z for general graphs but the variable x when dealing with brushes and bristles.
The spectral dimension of random brushes
The d-brush where every bristle is N∞ we call the full d-brush and denote it ∗d.
The spectral dimension of random brushes
It is easy to see that putting a single bristle on Zd with probability distribution µ for d ≥ 4 gives the same spectral dimension as mean field theory.
The spectral dimension of random brushes