drawbridge

[draw-brij]
noun
  1. a bridge of which the whole or a section may be drawn up, let down, or drawn aside, to prevent access or to leave a passage open for boats, barges, etc.

Origin of drawbridge

First recorded in 1300–50, drawbridge is from the Middle English word drawebrigge. See draw, bridge1
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British Dictionary definitions for drawbridge

drawbridge

noun
  1. a bridge that may be raised to prevent access or to enable vessels to pass
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Word Origin and History for drawbridge
n.

14c., from draw (v.) + bridge (n.).

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