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Meaning of BRISTLE

Pronunciation:  'brisul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a stiff hair
  2. [n]  a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
  3. [v]  rise up; of animals fur or hair; as in fear; "The dog's fur bristled"; "It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!"
  4. [v]  be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"

BRISTLE is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: abound, burst, stand up, uprise
 See Also: brush, feature, fiber, fibre, hair, have



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Bris"tle\, v. i.
    1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
             His hair did bristle upon his head.   --Sir W.
    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.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Stiff, strong but slender hair or trichome.
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