Bristle

Definition of Bristle

Bris´tle   Pronunciation: brĭs´s'l
n.1.A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine.
2.(Bot.) A stiff, sharp, roundish hair.
v. t.1.To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; - sometimes with up.
[imp. & p. p. Bristled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bristling ( ).]
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.
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.

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