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Definition of bristle:

  1. A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine.
  2. A stiff, sharp, roundish hair.
  3. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles.
  4. To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; - sometimes with up.
  5. To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.
  6. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
  7. To show defiance or indignation.


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