[ brij-ing ]
/ ˈbrɪdʒ ɪŋ /

noun Building Trades.

a brace or an arrangement of braces fixed between floor or roof joists to keep them in place.

Nearby words

  1. bridgetown,
  2. bridgetree,
  3. bridgewall,
  4. bridgewater,
  5. bridgework,
  6. bridging loan,
  7. bridging shot,
  8. bridgman,
  9. bridgman, percy williams,
  10. bridgmanite

Origin of bridging

First recorded in 1830–40; bridge1 + -ing1

Origin of bridge

before 1000; Middle English brigge, Old English brycg; cognate with Dutch brug, German Brücke; akin to Old Norse bryggja pier

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British Dictionary definitions for bridging


/ (ˈbrɪdʒɪŋ) /


one or more timber struts fixed between floor or roof joists to stiffen the construction and distribute the loads
mountaineering a technique for climbing a wide chimney by pressing left hand and foot against one side of it and right hand and foot against the other side
rugby Union an illegal move in which a player leans down and forward onto the body of a prone player in a ruck, thereby preventing opposing players from winning the ball by fair rucking


/ (brɪdʒ) /


Frank . 1879–1941, English composer, esp of chamber music. He taught Benjamin Britten


/ (brɪdʒ) /


verb (tr)

to build or provide a bridge over something; spanto bridge a river
to connect or reduce the distance betweenlet us bridge our differences
Derived Formsbridgeable, adjectivebridgeless, adjective

Word Origin for bridge

Old English brycg; related to Old Norse bryggja gangway, Old Frisian bregge, Old High German brucka, Danish, Swedish bro


/ (brɪdʒ) /


a card game for four players, based on whist, in which one hand (the dummy) is exposed and the trump suit decided by bidding between the playersSee also contract bridge, duplicate bridge, rubber bridge, auction bridge

Word Origin for bridge

C19: of uncertain origin, but compare Turkish bir-üç (unattested phrase) one-three (said perhaps to refer to the one exposed hand and the three players' hands)

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Word Origin and History for bridging
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Medicine definitions for bridging


[ brĭj ]


An anatomical structure resembling a bridge or span.
The upper part of the ridge of the nose formed by the nasal bones.
A fixed or removable replacement for one or several but not all of the natural teeth, usually anchored at each end to a natural tooth.
One of the threads of protoplasm that appears to pass from one cell to another.

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Science definitions for bridging


[ brĭj ]

A structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier, such as a river or roadway.
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Idioms and Phrases with bridging


see burn one's bridges; cross that bridge when one comes to it; water over the dam (under the bridge).

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