drawbridge

[ draw-brij ]
/ ˈdrɔˌbrɪdʒ /

noun

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.

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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
/ (ˈdrɔːˌbrɪdʒ) /

noun

a bridge that may be raised to prevent access or to enable vessels to pass
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