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Definition: Branches of a bridle
, n.; pl. Branches
. [OE. braunche, F. branche,
fr. LL. branca claw of a bird or beast of prey; cf. Armor.
brank branch, bough.]
1. (Bot.) A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main
stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other
2. Any division extending like a branch; any arm or part
connected with the main body of thing; ramification; as,
the branch of an antler; the branch of a chandelier; a
branch of a river; a branch of a railway.
Most of the branches, or streams, were dried up.
3. Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct
article; a section or subdivision; a department.
“Branches of knowledge.”
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath. --Shak.
4. (Geom.) One of the portions of a curve that extends
outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as, the
branches of an hyperbola.
5. A line of family descent, in distinction from some other
line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such
a line; as, the English branch of a family.
His father, a younger branch of the ancient stock.
6. (Naut.) A warrant or commission given to a pilot,
authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.
Branches of a bridle
, two pieces of bent iron, which bear
the bit, the cross chains, and the curb.
. See Alewife
Root and branch
, totally, wholly.
Syn: Bough; limb; shoot; offshoot; twig; sprig.
, n. [OE. bridel, AS. bridel; akin to OHG.
britil, brittil, D. breidel, and possibly to E. braid. Cf.
1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and
restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins,
with other appendages.
2. A restraint; a curb; a check. --I. Watts.
3. (Gun.) The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which
holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
(a) A span of rope, line, or chain made fast as both ends,
so that another rope, line, or chain may be attached
to its middle.
(b) A mooring hawser.
. See under Bowline
Branches of a bridle
. See under Branch
(Naut.), a cable which is bent to a bridle.
See 4, above.
, the hand which holds the bridle in riding; the
, Bridle way
, a path or way for saddle horses
and pack horses, as distinguished from a road for
(Naut.), a porthole or opening in the bow
through which hawsers, mooring or bridle cables, etc., are
, a rein attached to the bit.
(a) Same as Bridle path
(b) A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback
, a bridle path.
. See Branks
Syn: A check; restrain.