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  1. bris·tle
    IPA[ˈbrisəl]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. (of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, especially in anger or fear:

      the hair on the back of his neck bristled
      Synonym : rise, stand up, stand on end, horripilate
    • 2. make one's hair or fur stand on end:

      the cat bristled in annoyance
    • 3. react angrily or defensively, typically by drawing oneself up:

      she bristled at his rudeness
      Synonym : get angry, become infuriated, be furious, be maddened, bridle, become indignant, be irritated, get/have one's hackles up, feel one's hackles rise, rear up, draw oneself up, flare up, see red, take offense, take umbrage, be defensive
    • 4. be covered with or abundant in:

      the roof bristled with antennas
      Synonym : abound, swarm, teem, crawl, overflow, hum, be alive, be packed, be crowded, be thronged, be jammed, be infested, be full, be covered, be thick, be crawling, be lousy, be stuffed, be jam-packed, be chockablock, be chock-full
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: bristle, 3rd person present: bristles, gerund or present participle: bristling, past tense: bristled, past participle: bristled

    • noun

      a short, stiff hair on an animal's skin or a man's face.

      a stiff animal hair, or a man-made substitute, used to make a brush:

    • verb

      (of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, typically as a sign of anger or fear:

      (of an animal) react in such a way that its hair or fur stands on end:

    • adjective

      (especially of hair) close-set, stiff, and spiky:

      aggressively brisk or tense:

    • adjective

      (especially of hair) short, stiff, and spiky:

      aggressively brisk or tense:

    • noun

      a filmy fern with hairlike bristles protruding from the spore-containing bodies. Most bristle ferns have delicate fronds and live in damp shady places, chiefly in tropical areas.
    • noun

      a marine annelid worm which has a segmented body with numerous bristles on the fleshy lobes of each segment.
    • noun

      a marine annelid worm which has a segmented body with numerous bristles on the fleshy lobes of each segment.
    • noun

      a mainly tropical filmy fern with hairlike bristles protruding from the spore-containing bodies.
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