2. A restraint; a curb; a check.
4. 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. A mooring hawser. Bowline bridle. See Bowline. Branches of a bridle. See branch. Bridle cable, a porthole or opening in the bow through which hawsers, mooring or bridle cables, etc, are passed. Bridle rein, a rein attached to the bit. Bridle road. Same as bridle path. A road in a pleasure park reserved for horseback exercise. Bridle track, a bridle path. Scolding bridle. See branks.
Synonym: a check, restrain.