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Meaning of REINS

Pronunciation:  reynz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  power to control; "the reins of government"

REINS is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 See Also: power, powerfulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Reins\ (r[=a]nz), n. pl. [F. rein, pl. reins, fr. L. ren,
pl. renes.]
1. The kidneys; also, the region of the kidneys; the loins.

2. The inward impulses; the affections and passions; -- so
   called because formerly supposed to have their seat in the
   part of the body where the kidneys are.

         My reins rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
                                               --Prov. xxiii.

         I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts. --Rev.
                                               ii. 23.

{Reins of a vault} (Arch.), the parts between the crown and
   the spring or abutment, including, and having especial
   reference to, the loading or filling behind the shell of
   the vault. The reins are to a vault nearly what the
   haunches are to an arch, and when a vault gives way by
   thrusting outward, it is because its reins are not
   sufficiently filled up.

Easton Bible Dictionary

the kidneys, the supposed seat of the desires and affections; used metaphorically for "heart." The "reins" and the "heart" are often mentioned together, as denoting the whole moral constitution of man (Ps. 7:9; 16:7; 26:2; 139:13; Jer. 17:10, etc.).