1. a dental bridge.
  2. dental bridges collectively.
  3. any of several different types of dental bridges.
Civil Engineering. the art or process of bridge building.

Origin of bridgework

First recorded in 1880–85; bridge1 + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bridgework

fangs, ivories, dentition

Examples from the Web for bridgework

Historical Examples of bridgework

  • A number of examples of bridgework have been found in the old Etruscan tombs.

  • We knew who it was because the doctor identified the bridgework in his mouth.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • We knew it was him because the doctor identified the bridgework in his mouth.

    Sense of Obligation

    Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)

  • It was a striking example of bridgework, very well done, and may now be seen in the Louvre.

  • No book has, so far as the author is aware, been written upon that aspect of bridgework to be treated in the following pages.

    The Anatomy of Bridgework

    William Henry Thorpe

British Dictionary definitions for bridgework



  1. a partial denture attached to the surrounding teethSee bridge 1 (def. 5)
  2. the technique of making such appliances
the process or occupation of constructing bridges
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bridgework in Medicine




partial denture
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