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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short rein that extends from a horse's bit to the saddle to keep the horse from lowering its head.
  • n. A rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses to the driving rein of the other horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strap used to keep horses' heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horse's neck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short rein looped over the check hook to prevent a horse from lowering his head; -- called also a bearing rein.
  • n. A branch rein connecting the driving rein of one horse of a span or pair with the bit of the other horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses to the driving-rein of the other.
  • n. A short rein fastened to the saddle of a harness to keep the horse's head up. See cut under harness.
  • n. Also called check and check-line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rein designed to keep the horse's head in the desired position

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