Webster 1913 Edition
bridel; akin to OHG.
breidel, and possibly to E.
The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
A restraint; a curb; a check.
The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
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.
A mooring hawser.
Branches of a bridle.
a cable which is bent to a bridle. See 4, above.–
the hand which holds the bridle in riding; the left hand.–
a path or way for saddle horses and pack horses, as distinguished from a road for vehicles.–
a porthole or opening in the bow through which hawsers, mooring or bridle cables, etc., are passed.–
a rein attached to the bit.–
A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback exercise.–
a bridle path.–
Syn. – A check; restrain.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle;
bridledher mouth with a silkweed twist.
To restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check, curb, or control;
bridlethe passions; to
Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to
bridleSwitzerland, are in that consolidation.
Syn. – To check; restrain; curb; govern; control; repress; master; subdue.
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.”
bridlingup I perceived she expected to be treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, but Mrs. Tranquillus.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The instrument with which a horse is governed and restrained by a rider; consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages, according to its particular form and uses.
2.A restraint; a curb; a check.
3.A short piece of cable well served, attached to a swivel on a chain, laid in a harbor, and the upper end drawn into a ship and secured to the bits. The use is to enable a ship, when moored, to veer with the wind and tide.
Bowline bridles are short legs or pieces of rope, running through iron thimbles,by which the bowline attaches to different places on the leech or edge of a large sail
1.To restrain, guide or govern; to check, curb or control; as, to bridle the passions; 'to bridle a muse.'
Bridle the excursions of youth.