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swing bridge

a bridge that can open by pivoting on a central pier to let vessels pass.
Origin of swing bridge
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On our way home we were brought to a stand at the swing bridge, which lay open to let through a ship.

    The Hole in the Wall Arthur Morrison
  • When they came to the swing bridge he sat down on the great pole, looking at the stars in the water.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • At that date the swing bridge at Trowse had not been completed.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • A swing bridge (puente-hamaca), constructed of llianas, with sticks laid across, extended over the chasm.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • The docks are united by passages 20 metres in width, each passage being crossed by a swing bridge.

  • He was already half-way down the cliff, suspended on the llianas that had formed the swing bridge.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • It was, in fact, a swing bridge, which opened for the convenience of the boats.

  • The salteadores had but halted there, to wait for the morning light—the more safely to make the passage of the swing bridge.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • At the foot of this street, where it curves to the river front, is the Sandhill, facing the swing bridge.

  • We anchored near the swing bridge, and my friend went off in the boat to tell the men to swing the bridge for us.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
British Dictionary definitions for swing bridge

swing bridge

Also called pivot bridge, turn bridge. a low bridge that can be rotated about a vertical axis, esp to permit the passage of ships Compare drawbridge
(NZ) a pedestrian bridge over a river, suspended by heavy wire cables
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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