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bristle

(brĭs′əl)
n.
1. A stiff hair.
2. A stiff hairlike structure: the bristles of a wire brush.
v. bris·tled, bris·tling, bris·tles
v.intr.
To stand stiffly on end like bristles: The hair on the dog's neck bristled.
v.tr.
1. To cause to stand erect like bristles; stiffen.
2. To furnish or supply with bristles.
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bristle

Dermatology
noun Stiff, strong hair.

Vox populi
verb To react angrily as a situation; seethe.
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bris·tle

(brisĕl)
Traditionally, individual short, stiff, natural hair of an animal taken from domestic swine or wild boars, but today most toothbrush bristles are made of nylon and thus are more properly called filaments.
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If you take a hand-brush with fairly stiff bristles ending in a flat plane, such as a clothes brush or hairbrush, you can slide it, bristles down, across a flat surface such as a table-top.
(9) Various materials have been incorporated into toothbrush bristles with the aim of reducing bacterial contamination.
Caption: FIGURE 4: Changes in a general bristles deformation at consecutive phases of sliding and torsional oscillation of the drill string.
The tips of the bristles may extend above the top of the statolith, depending on the position of the statolith with respect to gravity.
This new species is similar to Chrysotimus xuae Wang, Yang & Grootaert by the brown hairs and bristles on thorax, and the furcated surstylus, but may be separated from the latter by the 7-8 short and black ventral bristles on hind tarsomere 1 base, and the cercus with acute apex.
The bristles should not be too hard and choose one that's labelled medium.
Detectamet is now introducing their Detectable Double Detainment System brush range which uses stainless steel staples to fasten bristles into the brush head and then the adhesion is reinforced by applying a detectable and antimicrobial resin to surround and lock in the bristles.
Scientists had known that hairlike bristles, or cilia, on coral help sweep nutrients in, but the purpose of bristles lining the valleys between coral polyps had been more mysterious.
During brushing, optimal cleaning results when the bristles work with their ends directly on the tooth enamel with limited pressure.
To make the brush, the dentists take teeth's digital scan then the makers use it to find out the optimal placement of 600 bristles by simulating biting and chewing movements.
The standard terminology (McAlpine 1981) is followed, with older terminology in brackets: frons (postfrons), face (prefrons), parafacial (paraprefrontal area), facial ridge (prefrontal ridge), frontogenal suture (prefrontal-genal suture), postocellar bristles (postvertical bristles), anepisternum (mesopleuron), katepisternum (sternopleuron), postpronotal lobe (humeral callus), posthumeral bristle (presutural bristle), [R.sub.1] (Vein 1), [R.sub.2+3] (Vein 2), [R.sub.4+5] (Vein 3), [M.sub.1+2] (Vein 4), CuA+1A (Vein 6), r-m (anterior crossvein), dm-cu (posterior crossvein).