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English Dictionary: bristle by the DICT Development Group
4 results for bristle
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
  2. a stiff hair
  1. be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"
    Synonym(s): abound, burst, bristle
  2. rise up as in fear; "The dog's fur bristled"; "It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!"
    Synonym(s): bristle, uprise, stand up
  3. have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles; "bristling leaves"
  4. react in an offended or angry manner; "He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bristle \Bris"tle\ (br[icr]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[rsdot]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.
      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.
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