- 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
- 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).