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BRISTLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bristle mean? 

BRISTLE (noun)
  The noun BRISTLE has 2 senses:

1. a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
2. a stiff hair

  Familiarity information: BRISTLE used as a noun is rare.


BRISTLE (verb)
  The verb BRISTLE has 3 senses:

1. be in a state of movement or action
2. rise up as in fear
3. react in an offended or angry manner

  Familiarity information: BRISTLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BRISTLE (noun)


Sense 1bristle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bristle" is a kind of...):

fiber; fibre (a slender and greatly elongated solid substance)

Holonyms ("bristle" is a part of...):

brush (an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle)


Sense 2bristle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stiff hair

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("bristle" is a kind of...):

hair (a filamentous projection or process on an organism)


BRISTLE (verb)


Sense 1bristle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in a state of movement or action

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

bristle; abound; burst

Context examples:

The room abounded with screaming children / The garden bristled with toddlers

Hypernyms (to "bristle" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The streets bristle with crowds


Sense 2bristle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rise up as in fear

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

bristle; uprise; stand up

Context examples:

The dog's fur bristled / It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3bristle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

React in an offended or angry manner

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program

Hypernyms (to "bristle" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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