Bridle hand
Bridle Bri"dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages. [1913 Webster]

2. A restraint; a curb; a check. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gun.) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) (a) 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. (b) A mooring hawser. [1913 Webster]

{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}, {Bridle way}, 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}. --Lowell. (b) A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback exercise.

{Bridle track}, a bridle path.

{Scolding bridle}. See {Branks}, 2. [1913 Webster]

Syn: A check; restrain. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bridle hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bridle hand — noun : the hand that usually holds the bridle in riding; usually : the left hand * * * (of a horseback rider) the hand, usually the left hand, that holds both reins or both pairs of reins, leaving the other hand free to manage a whip, crop,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bridle-hand — briˈdle hand noun The hand that holds the bridle in riding, the left hand • • • Main Entry: ↑bridle …   Useful english dictionary

  • bridle hand — (of a horseback rider) the hand, usually the left hand, that holds both reins or both pairs of reins, leaving the other hand free to manage a whip, crop, lariat, or the like. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bridle — Bri dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bridle cable — Bridle Bri dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bridle path — Bridle Bri dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bridle port — Bridle Bri dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bridle rein — Bridle Bri dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bridle road — Bridle Bri dle, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG. britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf. {Bridoon}.] 1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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