Definition of Bridle

n.1.The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
2.A restraint; a curb; a check.
3.(Gun.) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
4.(Naut.) 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.
Bowline bridle
See under Bowline.
Branches of a bridle
See under Branch.
Bridle cable
(Naut.) a cable which is bent to a bridle. See 4, above.
Bridle hand
the hand which holds the bridle in riding; the left hand.
Bridle path
a path or way for saddle horses and pack horses, as distinguished from a road for vehicles.
Bridle port
(Naut.) a porthole or opening in the bow through which hawsers, mooring or bridle cables, etc., are passed.
Bridle rein
a rein attached to the bit.
Bridle road
a - Same as Bridle path.
b - A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback exercise.
- Lowell.
Bridle track
a bridle path.
Scolding bridle
See Branks, 2.
v. t.1.To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
[imp. & p. p. Bridled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bridling ( ).]
He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist.
- Drake.
2.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.
Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation.
- Burke.
v. i.1.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.
By her bridling up I perceived she expected to be treated hereafter not as Jenny Distaff, but Mrs. Tranquillus.
- Tatler.

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