- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), bridged, bridg·ing.
verb (used without object), bridged, bridg·ing.
Origin of bridge1
Synonyms for bridge
Origin of bridge2
Related Words for bridgeoverpass, link, platform, traverse, span, unite, catwalk, extension, scaffold, viaduct, pontoon, trestle, connection, branch, tie, transit, arch, wing, bond, gangplank
Examples from the Web for bridge
Contemporary Examples of bridge
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
December 19, 2014
But there was also the liberty to consider of those people who wanted to use the bridge to get home.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
At one point Schettino admitted that bringing passengers up to the bridge was a common occurrence.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
At the end of their call, the kid told Becker he would still walk over the bridge, but from now on would not look down.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline
November 20, 2014
The Afghan Army maintains a small check-point on the Kandigal side of the bridge.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of bridge
If he had known it, it was with the Dance of Death on the bridge of Lucerne.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
There was now but "one wide river to cross," and the cars rolled on to the bridge.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
At the bridge they met the British infantry, who gave them a volley.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The bridge was tremulous beneath me, and marked the tremor of the solid earth.Other Tales and Sketches
Between Him and me there was an incalculable distance which He could bridge but I could not.The Conquest of Fear
- the hard ridge at the upper part of the nose, formed by the underlying nasal bones
- any anatomical ridge or connecting structureCompare pons
- 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 Britisha part of the stage floor that can be raised or lowered
Word Origin for bridge
Word Origin for bridge
"causeway over a ravine or river," Old English brycge, from Proto-Germanic *brugjo (cf. Old Saxon bruggia, Old Norse bryggja, Old Frisian brigge, Dutch brug, Old High German brucca, German Brücke), from PIE root *bhru "log, beam," hence "wooden causeway" (cf. Gaulish briva "bridge," Old Church Slavonic bruvuno "beam," Serbian brv "footbridge"). For vowel evolution, see bury. Meaning "bony upper part of the nose" is from early 15c.; of stringed instruments from late 14c.
card game, 1886 (perhaps as early as 1843), an alteration of biritch, but the source and meaning of that are obscure. "Probably of Levantine origin, since some form of the game appears to have been long known in the Near East" [OED]. One guess is that it represents Turkish *bir-üç "one-three," because one hand is exposed and three are concealed. The game also was known early as Russian whist (attested in English from 1839).
Old English brycgian "to bridge, make a causeway," from bridge (n.). Related: Bridged; bridging.
see burn one's bridges; cross that bridge when one comes to it; water over the dam (under the bridge).