- 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 bridgesoverpass, link, platform, traverse, span, unite, catwalk, extension, scaffold, viaduct, pontoon, trestle, connection, branch, tie, transit, arch, wing, bond, gangplank
Examples from the Web for bridges
Contemporary Examples of 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?
December 15, 2014
Last year, over 214,000 workers were posted in Africa to build highways, bridges, dams, and power plants.'Made in China' Now Being Made in Africa
August 23, 2014
Ten bridges were closed; the span linking Oakland to the City didn't reopen for more than a month.San Fran Kisses Its 70,000-Person Toilet Goodbye
August 15, 2014
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
August 12, 2014
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
July 26, 2014
Historical Examples of bridges
The bridges were narrow, and some time passed before the army could get over.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
There are between Omaha and Cheyenne but three bridges worthy of the name.The Railroad Question
Well, I think we won't talk about bridges here, at any rate.
Everybody lives on the river, the shores of which are united by ten bridges.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
It builds the bridges into the future, over which the feet of every one of us will go.
- 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).