Definition of bristle:
- A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine.
- A stiff, sharp, roundish hair.
- To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles.
- To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; - sometimes with up.
- To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.
- To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
- To show defiance or indignation.
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There was witness in her limbs and the way she carried her neck of an amiable, but capable, dragon, ready, when aroused, to bristle up and guard the Golden Apples against all save the rightful claimant.- "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
Yet the dark lines of shelter trenches, the redoubts crowning the hills, the bristle of tiny black figures busily entrenching against the sky line, hundreds of horses grazing in the plain, all promised a fierce and stubborn defence.- "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria", Winston Spencer Churchill.
- "The Heath Hover Mystery", Bertram Mitford.