from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having bristles.
  • adj. Showing anger.
  • v. Present participle of bristle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing up stiffly like bristles.
  • n. Same as brisling.


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  • It's warm and muscular and covered in bristling needles of short white and brown hair.

    Yoga With Horses Aims For Deeper Connection At The Star Peak Stables In Golden

  • Finally, during a vote by owners still bristling from the 1981 strike, Kuhn did not earn re-election Nov. 1, 1982.

    Kuhn navigated rough waters during tenure

  • So Obama held more sway and ran into less visible pushback, except for bristling from the Chinese.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • CBS News in the late 1980s, I recall bristling at the anti-British prejudice that one correspondent brought to his reporting of the Northern Ireland story.

    Adrian Monck

  • Most of the country right now, males included, is "bristling" under the worst kind of leadership possible, the kind of belligerent tyranny that makes Hillary look like a better replacement than McCain.

    "Women Feeling Freer to Suggest 'Vote for Mom.'"

  • If that signifies "bristling" under "the worst kind of leadership possible" and "benevolent tyranny", as Doyle asserts, what are we to make of the fact that the Democrats lost nearly twice as many seats in 1994?

    "Women Feeling Freer to Suggest 'Vote for Mom.'"

  • Does this count as "bristling" as Lane has it, or is this just real debate, and it overexcites us because we don't get to see enough of it?

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • They're conservative and deeply religious, too; we disagree on many things; but "bristling" and "prone to mockery" they're not.

    Philocrites: Beware 'Old Testament' comparisons.

  • DOBBS: Ron, the idea that the Kerry campaign was so upset today about the buzzers, particularly on the podium -- apparently, there are sufficient lights and buzzers for anyone to understand when he has gone over the time limit, what do you make of that kind of bristling sensitivity?

    CNN Transcript Sep 30, 2004

  • There was a feeling of horror, a kind of bristling in the darkness, and a sense of blood.

    Sons and Lovers


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