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Definition of "bristle" []

  • A stiff hair. (noun)
  • A stiff hairlike structure: the bristles of a wire brush. (noun)
  • To stand stiffly on end like bristles: The hair on the dog's neck bristled. (verb-intransitive)
  • To raise the bristles: The cat bristled at the sight of the large dog. (verb-intransitive)
  • To react in an angry or offended manner: The author bristled at the suggestion of plagiarism. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bristle" in a sentence
  • "The Major looked at the Texans with cold contempt—the tone of his voice alone made Call bristle."
  • "Sporangia clustered around the slender bristle, which is the prolongation of a vein, and surrounded by a vase-like, slightly two-lipped involucre."
  • "Awned having an _awn_, that is, a bristle-like appendage, especially on the glumes of grasses."