Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

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. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for swing bridge
Historical Examples
  • It was, in fact, a swing bridge, which opened for the convenience of the boats.

  • At that date the swing bridge at Trowse had not been completed.

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

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

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

  • On the way back, crossing the swing bridge, we met Betty driving the sisters to their billets.

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for swing bridge

Word Value for swing

Scrabble Words With Friends