Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of holding back.
  • noun Something held back.
  • noun A device that retains or restrains.
  • noun A strap or an iron catch between the shaft and the harness on a drawn wagon, allowing the horse to stop or back up.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Check; hindrance; restraint.
  • noun The iron or strap on the shaft or pole of a vehicle to which the breeching or backing-gear is attached.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Check; hindrance; restraint; obstacle.
  • noun The projection or loop on the thill of a vehicle. to which a strap of the harness is attached, to hold back a carriage when going down hill, or in backing; also, the strap or part of the harness so used.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun restraint (act or result of holding back, device that restrains)
  • noun The projection or loop, on the thill of a vehicle, to which a strap of the harness is attached, to hold back a carriage when going downhill, or in backing.
  • noun The strap or part of the harness so used.

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

  • verb refrain from doing
  • verb keep under control; keep in check
  • verb secure and keep for possible future use or application
  • verb wait before acting
  • verb hold back; keep from being perceived by others
  • verb hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

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  • "A strap or an iron catch between the shaft and the harness on a drawn wagon, allowing the horse to stop or back up." --AHD

    April 12, 2012