a structure spanning and providing passage over a river, chasm, road, or the like.
a connecting, transitional, or intermediate route or phase between two adjacent elements, activities, conditions, or the like: Working at the hospital was a bridge between medical school and private practice.
a raised transverse platform from which a power vessel is navigated: often includes a pilot house and a chart house.
any of various other raised platforms from which the navigation or docking of a vessel is supervised.
a bridge house or bridge superstructure.
a raised walkway running fore-and-aft.
Anatomy. the ridge or upper line of the nose.
Dentistry. an artificial replacement, fixed or removable, of a missing tooth or teeth, supported by natural teeth or roots adjacent to the space.
a thin, fixed wedge or support raising the strings of a musical instrument above the sounding board.
a transitional, modulatory passage connecting sections of a composition or movement.
(in jazz and popular music) the contrasting third group of eight bars in a thirty-two-bar chorus; channel; release.
Also bridge passage . a passage in a literary work or a scene in a play serving as a movement between two other passages or scenes of greater importance.
Ophthalmology. the part of a pair of eyeglasses that joins the two lenses and rests on the bridge or sides of the nose.
Also called bridge circuit .Electricity. a two-branch network, including a measuring device, as a galvanometer, in which the unknown resistance, capacitance, inductance, or impedance of one component can be measured by balancing the voltage in each branch and computing the unknown value from the known values of the other components.: Compare Wheatstone bridge.
Railroads. a gantry over a track or tracks for supporting waterspouts, signals, etc.
Building Trades. a scaffold built over a sidewalk alongside a construction or demolition site to protect pedestrians and motor traffic from falling materials.
a ridge or wall-like projection of fire brick or the like, at each end of the hearth in a metallurgical furnace.
any layer of partially fused or densely compacted material preventing the proper gravitational movement of molten material, as in a blast furnace or cupola, or the proper compacting of metal powder in a mold.
(in a twist drill) the conoid area between the flutes at the drilling end.
the arch formed by the hand and fingers to support and guide the striking end of a cue.
a notched piece of wood with a long handle, used to support the striking end of the cue when the hand cannot do so comfortably; rest.
transitional music, commentary, dialogue, or the like, between two parts of a radio or television program, podcast, or other broadcast.
a gallery or platform that can be raised or lowered over a stage and is used by technicians, stagehands, etc., for painting scenery (paint bridge ), arranging and supporting lights (light bridge ), or the like.
British. a part of the floor of a stage that can be raised or lowered.
Horology. a partial plate, supported at both ends, holding bearings on the side opposite the dial.: Compare cock1 (def. 10).
Chemistry. a valence bond illustrating the connection of two parts of a molecule.
a support or prop, usually timber, for the roof of a mine, cave, etc.
any arch or rooflike figure formed by acrobats, dancers, etc., as by joining and raising hands.
to make a bridge or passage over; span: The township was laid out on the north bank in 1873, and the river was bridged in 1874. We believe there is a fundamental gulf between the parties, and no further bargaining will bridge that divide.
to join by or as if by a bridge: A ladder bridged the two porches for access while we were repairing the steps.Using intentional strategies to bridge between a child’s home language and English in the early years will lead to stronger language skills in the future.
to make (a way) by a bridge.
Foundry. (of molten metal) to form layers or areas heterogeneous either in material or in degree of hardness.
(especially of clothing) less expensive than a manufacturer's most expensive products: showing his bridge line for the fall season.
Idioms about bridge
bridge the gap, See entry at bridge the gap.
burn one's bridges (behind one), to eliminate all possibilities of retreat; make one's decision irrevocable: She burned her bridges when she walked out angrily.
- bridge·a·ble, adjective
- bridge·less, adjective
- bridge·like, adjective
- un·bridge·a·ble, adjective
- un·bridged, adjective
Other definitions for bridge (2 of 2)
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How to use bridge in a sentence
It’s over 10 years old, employs more than 150 people, and successfully bridged the Series A gap in Europe closing a round of $20M back in 2018.Sophie Hill on the changing face of retail and surviving 2020 | Margaret Trainor | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Investments into entrepreneurs in disenfranchised communities provide a crucial path for creating lasting positive change, and the Opportunity Zone legislation builds bridges for such investment.Opportunity Zones haven’t fully reached their potential, but don’t write them off yet | jakemeth | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
The freeway to San Francisco will need to be raised, and to the east, a new bridge will be required to connect the community of Point Richmond to the city of Berkeley.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Although Firestein explains that Newton’s laws of motion are “great for launching satellites and building bridges, his idea about how gravity works was wrong.”
Of course, it’s harder to get to know people in this age of social distancing, but fortunately, the Internet is a handy tool you can use to bridge those gaps.Networking 101: Why Working Together Creates More Opportunity Than Working Apart | Shantel Holder | September 4, 2020 | Essence.com
His most recent assignment was the 84th Precinct, at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn bridge.
The same night the “dead cops” chant was recorded, two police officers were attacked on the Brooklyn bridge.
Today, the train chugs north out of Kanchanaburi over the famous bridge before it hits a spectacular bend in the river.
Linsker initially escaped after the clash on the bridge but was arrested a short time later.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop | Jacob Siegel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The golden bridge for the departing lover I have always, I hope, provided when it became necessary,” he says.
The engineer officer charged with preparing the line of retreat reported that the one bridge across the Elster was not sufficient.
It was a direct lie to tell the Austrian commander that an armistice had been arranged and the bridge ceded to the French.
The ruse by which he and Lannes captured the bridge below Vienna was discreditable no doubt from the point of view of morality.
"There is a bridge up yonder, monsieur," returned the servant, thankful to have the conversation changed.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
They crossed the bridge and rode up the gently rising, bare, and rugged ground towards Condillac.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for bridge (1 of 3)
a structure that spans and provides a passage over a road, railway, river, or some other obstacle
something that resembles this in shape or function: his letters provided a bridge across the centuries
the hard ridge at the upper part of the nose, formed by the underlying nasal bones
any anatomical ridge or connecting structure: Compare pons
the part of a pair of glasses that rests on the nose
Also called: bridgework a dental plate containing one or more artificial teeth that is secured to the surrounding natural teeth
a platform athwartships and above the rail, from which a ship is piloted and navigated
a piece of wood, usually fixed, supporting the strings of a violin, guitar, etc, and transmitting their vibrations to the sounding board
Also called: bridge passage a passage in a musical, literary, or dramatic work linking two or more important sections
Also called: bridge circuit electronics any of several networks, such as a Wheatstone bridge, consisting of two branches across which a measuring device is connected. The resistance, capacitance, etc, of one component can be determined from the known values of the others when the voltage in each branch is balanced
computing a device that connects networks and sends packets between them
a support for a cue made by placing the fingers on the table and raising the thumb
a cue rest with a notched end for shots beyond normal reach
a platform of adjustable height above or beside the stage for the use of stagehands, light operators, etc
mainly British a part of the stage floor that can be raised or lowered
a partition in a furnace or boiler to keep the fuel in place
build bridges to promote reconciliation or cooperation between hostile groups or people
burn one's bridges See burn 1 (def. 19)
cross a bridge when one comes to it to deal with a problem only when it arises; not to anticipate difficulties
to build or provide a bridge over something; span: to bridge a river
to connect or reduce the distance between: let us bridge our differences
- bridgeable, adjective
- bridgeless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for bridge (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for Bridge (3 of 3)
Frank . 1879–1941, English composer, esp of chamber music. He taught Benjamin Britten
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Scientific definitions for bridge
A structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier, such as a river or roadway.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bridge
see burn one's bridges; cross that bridge when one comes to it; water over the dam (under the bridge).
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