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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bristle \Bris"tle\, v. i. 1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles. [1913 Webster] His hair did bristle upon his head. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles. [1913 Webster] The hill of La Haye Sainte bristling with ten thousand bayonets. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] Ports bristling with thousands of masts. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. To show defiance or indignation. [1913 Webster] To bristle up, to show anger or defiance. [1913 Webster]