The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
* 1961 , J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês," Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92, p. 457:
(figurative) A restraint; a curb; a check.
- the horseman, who is the user of bridles and knows their use
A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.
A mooring hawser.
A piece in the interior of a gunlock which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
* bridle path
To put a bridle on.
To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue .
- He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist.
To show hostility or resentment.
- Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation.
- Immigrant-rights and religious organizations bridled at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives.'' (''Houston Chronicle , 6/8/2007)
The part of a bridle that fits over a horse's head and supports other elements.
*1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.3:
*:Another, that would seeme to have more wit, / Him by the bright embrodered hed-stall tooke […].
*1989 , (Keith Bosley), translating Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala , XIX:
*:Then the smith Ilmarinen / the everlasting craftsman / out of steel formed a bridle / forged a headstall of iron […].
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