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noun (n)

  • a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a stiff hair (noun.animal)
    source: wordnet30
  • A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • be in a state of movement or action (verb.stative)
    Synonym: abound, burst
    The garden bristled with toddlers.
    source: wordnet30
  • rise up as in fear (verb.motion)
    Synonym: stand up, uprise
    The dog's fur bristled.
    source: wordnet30
  • have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • react in an offended or angry manner (verb.cognition)
    He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program.
    source: wordnet30
  • To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; -- sometimes with up. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To rise or stand erect, like bristles. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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