part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting usually of a headstall, bit, and reins.
anything that restrains or curbs: His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.
Machinery. a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.
Nautical. a rope or chain secured at both ends to an object to be held, lifted, or towed, and itself held or lifted by a rope or chain secured at its center.
a raising up of the head, as in disdain.
verb (used with object), bridled, bridling.
to put a bridle on.
to control or hold back; restrain; curb.
verb (used without object), bridled, bridling.
to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.

before 900; Middle English bridel, Old English brīdel for brigdels, equivalent to brigd- (variant stem of bregdan to braid1) + -els noun suffix; akin to Dutch breidel, Old High German brittel

bridleless, adjective
bridler, noun

bridal, bridle.

2. governor. 2, 7. check. 7. govern, constrain, inhibit, restrict, limit. 8. bristle. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bridle (ˈbraɪdəl)
1.  a headgear for a horse, etc, consisting of a series of buckled straps and a metal mouthpiece (bit) by which the animal is controlled through the reins
2.  something that curbs or restrains; check
3.  a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
4.  machinery a device by which the motion of a component is limited, often in the form of a linkage or flange
vb (often foll by at)
5.  (tr) to put a bridle on (a horse, mule, etc)
6.  (intr) (of a horse) to respond correctly to the pull of the reins
7.  (tr) to restrain; curb: he bridled his rage
8.  to show anger, scorn, or indignation
[Old English brigdels; related to bregdan to braid1, Old High German brittil, Middle Low German breidel]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bridel "bridle, rein, curb, restraint," related to bregdan "move quickly," from P.Gmc. *bregdilaz (see braid). The verb meaning "to throw up the head" (as a horse does when reined in) is from mid-15c. The verb meaning "to fit with a bridle" is from late 14c. Related: Bridled; bridling.
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Bible Dictionary

Bridle definition

Three Hebrew words are thus rendered in the Authorized Version. (1.) Heb. _mahsom'_ signifies a muzzle or halter or bridle, by which the rider governs his horse (Ps.39:1). (2.) _Me'theg_, rendered also "bit" in Ps. 32:9, which is its proper meaning. Found in 2 Kings 19:28, where the restraints of God's providence are metaphorically styled his "bridle" and "hook." God's placing a "bridle in the jaws of the people" (Isa. 30:28; 37:29) signifies his preventing the Assyrians from carrying out their purpose against Jerusalem. (3.) Another word, _re'sen_, was employed to represent a halter or bridle-rein, as used Ps. 32:9; Isa. 30:28. In Job 30:11 the restraints of law and humanity are called a bridle.

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Example sentences
As soon as he came up, he leapt from his horse, and caught hold of hers by the bridle.
And so he took the king's horse by the bridle and led him away in a manner perforce.
Canadians sometimes bridle at their reputation for being a bit dull.
While it's nicely appointed, you've got to bridle at a couple things.
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