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[draw-brij] /ˈdrɔˌbrɪdʒ/
a bridge of which the whole or a section may be drawn up, let down, or drawn aside, to prevent access or to leave a passage open for boats, barges, etc.
Origin of drawbridge
First recorded in 1300-50, drawbridge is from the Middle English word drawebrigge. See draw, bridge1 Unabridged
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  • "Up the Main Street, and across the drawbridge," said the soldier, goodnaturedly.

  • The horn will resound in welcome, the drawbridge will be lowered for us.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • She paused, for they had crossed the drawbridge and arrived opposite to the Old Hall.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • It was Rupert's voice, coming from the end of the drawbridge.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • When you are ready our two companions will approach the drawbridge and join us.

  • While we hold the gate you with your men must cross the drawbridge and get to us.

  • A regiment of soldiers lined the way from the drawbridge to the porlcullis.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • They thundered on the planks of the drawbridge and clattered on the stones of the courtyard.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for drawbridge


a bridge that may be raised to prevent access or to enable vessels to pass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drawbridge

14c., from draw (v.) + bridge (n.).

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