- a device operating like a balance or seesaw, especially an arrangement of a movable bridge (bascule bridge) by which the rising floor or section is counterbalanced by a weight.
Origin of bascule
1670–80; French: name for a number of seesawlike mechanical devices, Middle French bacule, noun derivative of baculer to strike on the buttocks (probably orig., to land on one's buttocks), equivalent to bas down (see base2) + -culer, verbal derivative of cul rump, buttocks (see culet); -s- by false analysis as bas(se) adj. + cule taken as a feminine noun
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Examples from the Web for bascule
The assistants seized the condemned man, and pushed him on to the bascule.
Bascule, bas′kūl, n. an apparatus of the lever kind, in which one end is raised while the other is depressed.
We shall see the poor devil get out of the carriage, and being fastened on to the bascule, and pulled into the lunette.
The cost has been set down at 65,000, or about one-thirtieth that of a suspension bridge, and one-third that of a bascule bridge.The Romance of Modern Mechanism
- Also called: balance bridge, counterpoise bridge a bridge with a movable section hinged about a horizontal axis and counterbalanced by a weightCompare drawbridge
- a movable roadway forming part of such a bridgeTower Bridge has two bascules
C17: from French: seesaw, from bas low + cul rump; see base ², culet
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