Definition of bristling in English:


Syllabification: bris·tling
Pronunciation: /ˈbris(ə)liNG


  • 1(Especially of hair) close-set, stiff, and spiky: a bristling beard
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    • The body is covered by thick long fur with a brown patch of bristling hair.
    • His fingertips touched the bristling hair on the dog's neck.
    • A burly man who seemed to be all bristling black hair thumped Sam on the shoulder.
  • 2Aggressively brisk or tense: he fills the screen with a restless, bristling energy
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    • The success of the exhibit was further evidence of the bristling energy and dynamism of Houston's art scene.
    • The bristling energy has been turned inward, resulting in an unprecedented illusion of warmth.
    • Accordingly, the bristling argument for Shelley's misinterpreted morality spawns an even more daring reclamation.

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