checkrein
noun Date: 1786 1. a short rein looped over a hook on the saddle of a harness to prevent a horse from lowering its head 2. a branch rein connecting the driving rein of one horse of a pair with the bit of the other

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  • Checkrein — Check rein , n. 1. A short rein looped over the check hook to prevent a horse from lowering his head; called also a {bearing rein}. [1913 Webster] 2. A branch rein connecting the driving rein of one horse of a span or pair with the bit of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • checkrein — [chek′rān΄] n. a rein usually running from the bit to the saddle, used to keep a horse from lowering its head: see HARNESS …   English World dictionary

  • checkrein — n. (rare) a checkrein on, upon * * * upon (rare) a checkrein on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • checkrein — noun a rein designed to keep the horse s head in the desired position • Syn: ↑bearing rein • Hypernyms: ↑rein * * * I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: check (IV) + rein …   Useful english dictionary

  • checkrein — /chek rayn /, n. 1. a short rein passing from the bit to the saddle of a harness, to prevent the horse from lowering its head. Cf. overcheck (def. 2), sidecheck. See illus. under harness. 2. a short rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses …   Universalium

  • checkrein — noun A strap used to keep horses heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horses neck. Syn: bearing rein …   Wiktionary

  • checkrein — check•rein [[t]ˈtʃɛkˌreɪn[/t]] n. 1) dch a short rein passing from the bit to the saddle of a harness to prevent the horse from lowering its head 2) dch a short rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses to the driving rein of the other •… …   From formal English to slang

  • bearing rein — Checkrein Check rein , n. 1. A short rein looped over the check hook to prevent a horse from lowering his head; called also a {bearing rein}. [1913 Webster] 2. A branch rein connecting the driving rein of one horse of a span or pair with the bit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bearing rein — checkrein (def. 1). [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • check line — 1. a checkrein. 2. Naut. a line for controlling the progress of a vessel, as along a quay. * * * check line, = checkrein (def. 2). (Cf. ↑checkrein) …   Useful english dictionary

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