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
covered or rough with bristles. like or resembling bristles. easily antagonized; irascible: a bristly person with few friends. Historical Examples Field Book of Western Wild Flowers Margaret Armstrong Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians Ambrose Bierce Mark Twain, […]
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 […]
a coarse plant, Aralia hispida, of the ginseng family, of eastern North America, having a loose cluster of small, greenish flowers and black fruit.
a seaport in Avon, in SW England, on the Avon River near its confluence with the Severn estuary. a city in central Connecticut. a city in NE Tennessee, contiguous with but politically independent of Bristol, Virginia. a town in E Rhode Island. a city in SW Virginia. a town in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware […]