Hands holding the reins of a horse.
- The definition of a rein is a way to control or guide something.
An example of a rein is a law, a way that governmental actions control people.
- Rein is defined as the leather strap that a rider uses to guide and hold onto a horse.
An example of a rein is the item a jockey holds in his hands at the back of the horse’s neck.
- To rein is to hold something back or guide it.
An example of to rein is to limit spending.
- a narrow strap of leather attached to each end of the bit in the mouth of a horse, and held by the rider or driver to control the animal: usually used in pl.
- [pl.] a means of guiding, controlling, checking, or restraining: the reins of government
Origin of reinMiddle English rene from Old French resne from Vulgar Latin an unverified form retina from Classical Latin retinere: see retain
- to stop or slow down a horse, etc. with or as with reins: with in or up
- Archaic to submit to or be controlled by reins: said of a horse
- to tighten the reins
- to slow down or stop
give (free) rein to
keep a rein on
- Either of two long narrow straps attached to each end of the bit of a bridle and used by a rider or driver to control a horse or other animal: The left rein slipped out of the driver's hands. The rider pulled on the reins, and the horse began to slow down.
- A means of restraining or checking: kept a tight rein on expenditures.
- often reins A means of controlling or directing: the reins of government.
verbreined, rein·ing, reins
- To check or hold back by the use of reins. Often used with in or up : reined in the horse.
- To restrain or control. Often used with in : “a team of strong personalities who would test the limits of prudence unless kept firmly reined in” ( Tim Zimmerman )
Origin of reinMiddle English from Old French resne, reine from Vulgar Latin retina from Latin retinēre to retain ; see retain .
(third-person singular simple present reins, present participle reining, simple past and past participle reined)
- (now rare, archaic, chiefly in plural) A kidney.
- The inward impulses; the affections and passions, formerly supposed to be located in the area of the kidneys.
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