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

  • n. A bit for a horse, consisting of two bars joined at the center, as by a joint.
  • transitive v. To put on or control with a snaffle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A broad-mouthed, loose-ringed bit (metal in a horse's mouth). It brings pressure to bear on the tongue and bars and corners of the mouth. Often used as a training bit.
  • v. to put on, or control with, a snaffle
  • v. to grab or seize; to snap up
  • v. to purloin, or obtain by devious means

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of bridle bit, having a joint in the part to be placed in the mouth, and rings and cheek pieces at the ends, but having no curb; -- called also snaffle bit.
  • transitive v. To put a snaffle in the mouth of; to subject to the snaffle; to bridle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bridle; hold or manage with a bridle.
  • To clutch or seize by the snaffle.
  • To speak through the nose.
  • n. A bridle consisting of a slender bit-mouth with a single rein and without a curb; a snaffle-bit.

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

  • v. get hold of or seize quickly and easily
  • n. a simple jointed bit for a horse; without a curb
  • v. fit or restrain with a snaffle

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • A jointed bit for a horse.

    October 15, 2007