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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 reins
 (pl.)腰子,腰部,感情,激情

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Reins n. pl.
 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. 16.
    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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 reins
      n : power to control; "the reins of government"

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Reins
    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.).