one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, especially hogs, used extensively in making brushes.
anything resembling these hairs.
to stand or rise stiffly, like bristles.
to erect the bristles, as an irritated animal (often followed by up):
The hog bristled up.
to become rigid with anger or irritation:
The man bristled when I asked him to move.
to be thickly set or filled with something suggestive of bristles:
The plain bristled with bayonets. The project bristled with difficulties.
to be visibly roused or stirred (usually followed by up).
to erect like bristles:
The rooster bristled his crest.
to furnish with a bristle or bristles.
to make bristly.
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any short stiff hair of an animal or plant
something resembling these hair: toothbrush bristle
when intr, often foll by up. to stand up or cause to stand up like bristles: the angry cat’s fur bristled
(intransitive) sometimes foll by up. to show anger, indignation, etc: she bristled at the suggestion
(intransitive) to be thickly covered or set: the target bristled with arrows
(intransitive) to be in a state of agitation or movement: the office was bristling with activity
(transitive) to provide with a bristle or bristles
a coarse plant, Aralia hispida, of the ginseng family, of eastern North America, having a loose cluster of small, greenish flowers and black fruit.
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an inlet of the Atlantic, between S Wales and SW England, extending to the mouth of the Severn estuary. 85 miles (137 km) long. Historical Examples Hazlitt on English Literature Jacob Zeitlin noun an inlet of the Atlantic, between S Wales and SW England, merging into the Severn estuary. Length: about 137 km (85 miles)