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bristle


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bristle  \Bris"tle\  (br[i^]s"s'l),  n.  [OE.  bristel,  brustel,  AS 
  bristl,  byrst;  akin  to  D.  borstel,  OHG.  burst,  G.  borste, 
  Icel.  burst,  Sw  borst,  and  to  Skr.  bh[.r]shti  edge,  point, 
  and  prob,  L.  fastigium  extremity,  Gr  'a`flaston  stern  of  a 
  ship,  and  E.  brush,  burr,  perh.  to  brad.  [root]96.] 
  1.  A  short,  stiff,  coarse  hair,  as  on  the  back  of  swine. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  stiff,  sharp,  roundish  hair.  --Gray. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bristle  \Bris"tle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bristled};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Bristling}.] 
  1.  To  erect  the  bristles  of  to  cause  to  stand  up  as  the 
  bristles  of  an  angry  hog;  --  sometimes  with  up 
 
  Now  for  the  bare-picked  bone  of  majesty  Doth  dogged 
  war  bristle  his  angry  crest.  --Shak. 
 
  Boy,  bristle  thy  courage  up  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  fix  a  bristle  to  as  to  bristle  a  thread. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bristle  \Bris"tle\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  rise  or  stand  erect,  like  bristles. 
 
  His  hair  did  bristle  upon  his  head.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  To  appear  as  if  covered  with  bristles;  to  have  standing, 
  thick  and  erect,  like  bristles. 
 
  The  hill  of  La  Haye  Sainte  bristling  with  ten 
  thousand  bayonets.  --Thackeray. 
 
  Ports  bristling  with  thousands  of  masts.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  show  defiance  or  indignation. 
 
  {To  bristle  up},  to  show  anger  or  defiance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bristle 
  n  1:  a  stiff  course  hair  or  filament;  natural  or  synthetic 
  2:  a  stiff  hair 
  v  1:  be  in  a  state  of  movement  or  action  "The  room  abounded  with 
  screaming  children";  "The  garden  bristled  with  toddlers" 
  [syn:  {abound},  {burst}] 
  2:  rise  up  of  animals  fur  or  hair;  as  in  fear 




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