Definitions of bridle

  1. To hold up the head and draw in the chin in real or affected pride or scorn.
  2. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
  3. 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.
  4. To put a bit and reins on; to control; to guide.
  5. To put on or manage by a bridle: to check or restrain.
  6. To put a bridle on; to restrain.
  7. To put a bridle on; check; curb; control.
  8. 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.
  9. To hold the head up, or toss it, as a sign of pride, scorn, or anger.
  10. To hold up the head proudly or affectedly.
  11. respond to the reins, as of horses
  12. To raise the head and draw in the chin, as through resentment, etc.
  13. To put a bridle upon; to guide by a bridle; to check; to control.
  14. headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
  15. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
  16. A restraint; a curb; a check.
  17. The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
  18. 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.
  19. A mooring hawser.
  20. The headstall, bit, and reins by which a horse is managed; a restraint.
  21. The instrument on a horse's head, by which it is controlled: any curb or restraint.
  22. The contrivance by which a horse is governed.
  23. The head- harness of a horse, including bit and reins; any check; curb.
  24. The bit and reins by which a horse is managed and restrained by its rider; a curb; a check.
  25. The bit and reins by which a rider is able to guide and restrain a horse; any restraint or check; a curb.
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