Definitions for: Rein

[n] one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
[n] any means of control; "he took up the reins of government"
[v] keep in check; "rule one's temper"
[v] stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins; "He reined in his horses in front of the post office"
[v] stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins; "They reined in in front of the post office"
[v] control and direct with or as if by reins; as of a horse

Webster (1913) Definition: Rein (r?n), n. [F. r[^e]ne, fr. (assumed) LL. retina, fr.
L. retinere to hold back. See Retain.]
1. The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on
each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse.

This knight laid hold upon his reyne. --Chaucer.

2. Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or
governing; government; restraint. ``Let their eyes rove
without rein.'' --Milton.

To give rein, To give the rein to, to give license to; to
leave withouut restrain.

To take the reins, to take the guidance or government; to
assume control.

Rein, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reined (r?nd); p. pr. & vb.
n. Reining.]
1. To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse
one way or another.

He mounts and reins his horse. --Chapman.

2. To restrain; to control; to check.

Being once chafed, he can not Be reined again to
temperance. --Shak.

To rein in or rein up, to check the speed of, or cause to
stop, by drawing the reins.

Rein, v. i.
To be guided by reins. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: draw rein, harness, harness, rein in, rein in, rule

See Also: bearing rein, bound, bridle, checkrein, command, confine, control, control, halt, leading rein, limit, pull, restrain, restrict, stop, strap, throttle, trammel

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