To bristle up, to show anger or defiance.

(Bris"tle-point`ed) a. (Bot.) Terminating in a very fine, sharp point, as some leaves.

(Bris"tle-shaped`) a. Resembling a bristle in form; as, a bristle-shaped leaf.

(Bris"tle*tail`) n. (Zoöl.) An insect of the genera Lepisma, Campodea, etc., belonging to the Thysanura.

(Bris"tli*ness) n. The quality or state of having bristles.

(Bris"tly) a. Thick set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough.

The leaves of the black mulberry are somewhat bristly.

(Bris"tol) n. A seaport city in the west of England.

Bristol board, a kind of fine pasteboard, made with a smooth but usually unglazed surface.Bristol brick, a brick of siliceous matter used for polishing cultery; — originally manufactured at Bristol. Bristol stone, rock crystal, or brilliant crystals of quartz, found in the mountain limestone near Bristol, and used in making ornaments, vases, etc. When polished, it is called Bristol diamond.

(Bri*sure") n. [F.]

1. (Fort.) Any part of a rampart or parapet which deviates from the general direction.

2. (Her.) A mark of cadency or difference.

(Brit, Britt) n. (Zoöl.) (a) The young of the common herring; also, a small species of herring; the sprat. (b) The minute marine animals (chiefly Entomostraca) upon which the right whales feed.

2. (Bot.) A stiff, sharp, roundish hair. Gray.

(Bris"tle), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bristled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bristling ]

1. To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; — sometimes with up.

Now for the bare-picked bone of majesty
Doth dogged war bristle his angry crest.

Boy, bristle thy courage up.

2. To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.

(Bris"tle), v. i.

1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.

His hair did bristle upon his head.
Sir W. Scott.

2. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles.

The hill of La Haye Sainte bristling with ten thousand bayonets.

Ports bristling with thousands of masts.

3. To show defiance or indignation.

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