Definitions of rein

  1. control and direct with or as if by reins; as of a horse
  2. keep in check; " rule one's temper"
  3. one of a pair of long straps ( usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
  4. any means of control; " he took up the reins of government"
  5. stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins; " He reined in his horses in front of the post office"
  6. 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"
  7. control and direct with or as if by reins; " rein a horse"
  8. The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse.
  9. Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint.
  10. To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another.
  11. To restrain; to control; to check.
  12. To be guided by reins.
  13. A leather strap fastened to each side of the bit of a horse or other animal as a means of guiding and controlling it; any means of restraint or control; as, the reins of government.
  14. To hold in, direct, or cause to stop by means of reins; control.
  15. The strap of a bridle: an instrument for curbing or governing: government.
  16. To govern with the rein or bridle: to restrain or control.
  17. The strap of a bridle; restraint.
  18. To govern with a rein; restrain.
  19. To manage with the rein; check; restrain.
  20. A strap attached to the bit for controlling a horse.
  21. The strap of a bridle; the instrument of curbing, restraining, or governing; government.
  22. To govern by a bridle; to restrain. To give the reins, to give license. To take the reins, to take the guidance.
  23. The straps of a bridle which extend from the horse's mouth to the hands of the rider or driver, and by which the horse is restrained and guided; the instrument or power of curbing or restraining; government.

Usage examples for rein

  1. Her thoughts were far away when, suddenly, she felt a check upon the rein and lifted her startled face. – Dorothy on a Ranch by Evelyn Raymond
  2. Then, as he straightened in his saddle and dropped his hand to catch up his hanging rein, he looked quickly down. – Tharon of Lost Valley by Vingie E. Roe
  3. Say, Dave, he added, drawing rein, as the subject of his remarks approached, can you spare us just about two minutes for a little private conversation? – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  4. Then he twitched Holgar's rein and turned back towards Nebbegaard. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  5. Oh, I was somewhat appalled at first, when my father took hold of my rein, and bade me never fear; for I saw his face grow amazed. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  6. He, like too many American young people, got the spur when he should have had the rein. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  7. Irene caught her breath, and grasped the rein of self- control which had dropped, a moment, from her hands. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  8. The very tone of his master's voice, as he patted the neck and shook the rein and gently touched him with the spur, must have convinced the intelligent creature that it was a matter of life or death- that there was a stern need- be for such haste. – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  9. That Uncle Vanya says I have the blood of a Nixey in my veins: " Give rein to your nature for once in your life!" – Uncle Vanya by Anton Checkov
  10. " I'm willing to sacrifice myself for the good of the expedition, anyway," sighed Dalzell, as Harry drew rein. – The High School Boys' Training Hike by H. Irving Hancock
  11. Then I came to the surface with the dragon's head in one hand, and holding the rein of the rescued horse in the other, and I had saved my prince from drowning. – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
  12. " Well," replied Thorwald, laughing, " that is a figure of speech which is not employed here, for we use no reins of any kind; but I know what you mean, and I will answer you by saying that we each hold one rein, and in that way drive as steadily as if we were one person." – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  13. He goes straight to the lodgings of Harold Rein and determines to attend the Radical meeting. – Essays on Scandinavian Literature by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  14. I also killed one; but could with difficulty rein in my horse while I reloaded my rifle. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. Gloria drew rein and looked at him with large eyes across the twenty paces separating them. – The Everlasting Whisper by Jackson Gregory