- 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
Origin of bridge2
Examples from the Web for bridges
Next, the GOP should hammer away at how our roads, bridges, and tunnels are crumbling, and push for an infrastructure initiative.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last year, over 214,000 workers were posted in Africa to build highways, bridges, dams, and power plants.
Ten bridges were closed; the span linking Oakland to the City didn't reopen for more than a month.
I think Bridges himself, from the beginning, it was his kids who had brought the book to him.A Trailblazer in YA Dystopian Fiction: An Interview With 'The Giver' Author Lois Lowry|Marianne Hayes|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the second day, Bridges asked the Boys if the relationship between the Dude and Walter progressed during the movie.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life|Alex Belth|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Tagus is crossed by two bridges, one at each extremity of the semi-circle described by it round the half of the town.The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;|Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
Then it forms a strong and resisting chorion, which imparts to the egg an outline similar to that of a bridges span.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
The cableway is much used in the erection of masonry piers for bridges across rivers or valleys.The Romance of Modern Mechanism|Archibald Williams
Bridges of metal should be left to support firmly all portions of the design.Industrial Arts Design|William H. Varnum
Then we will go and take our place near one of the bridges and slip across as soon as we see an opportunity.A Girl of the Commune|George Alfred Henty
- 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).