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bridge 1

Pronunciation: /brɪdʒ/


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1A structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacle: a bridge across the River Thames a railway bridge
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  • The Trail threads through Langport and returns to the river under the railway bridge.
  • I could see him striding across the wasteland to the Lochee Road towards the railway bridge at Muirton Road.
  • The card is an old picture of what appears to be a Roman aqueduct - a bridge over a river.
1.1Something intended to reconcile or connect two seemingly incompatible things: a committee which was formed to create a bridge between rival party groups
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  • No more can he claim to be the bridge between the U.S. and the E.U.
  • Ida likens the NFC to a bridge between the two worlds.
  • Turkey has long tried to enter the expanding union, seeing itself as a bridge between Muslim countries and Europe.
link, connection, means of uniting;
bond, tie
1.2 short for land bridge.
2The elevated, enclosed platform on a ship from which the captain and officers direct operations: Talbot stepped across the two gunwales and made his way up to the bridge
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  • The captain ordered the bridge to keep the ship on its course but increase the ship speed by ten percent.
  • Without question, all officers stationed on the bridge of the ship marched towards the fire control center.
  • About two hours ago, the junior officers were called to the bridge to conduct ship handling drills.
3The upper bony part of a person’s nose: he pushed his spectacles further up the bridge of his nose
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  • In the Weber test, the tuning fork is struck and placed on the midline of the forehead, the nasal bridge, or the chin.
  • The smaller ethmoid sinuses are behind the bridge of the nose, between the eyes.
  • I glide along her eyebrows and follow the bridge of her nose to her cheekbones.
3.1The central part of a pair of glasses, fitting over the bridge of the nose: these sunglasses have a special nose bridge for comfort
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  • She pushed the bridge of her glasses further up on her nose.
  • Men with small button noses should opt for metal framed glasses with high bridges.
  • An inflated bridge piece is provided for use on eyeglass frames to increase comfort.
4A partial denture supported by natural teeth on either side.
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  • A temporary bridge can be made so that you cannot see the spaces between the remaining teeth.
  • Dentures and bridges that are supported by successful implants tend to be very secure.
  • Implants can be used singly, to support a crown, or in groups to stabilise dentures or bridges.
5 Music The part of a stringed instrument over which the strings are stretched: ebony bridges and fingerboards
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  • Popular instruments include the zither with 25 strings and movable bridges.
  • Depressing the string behind the bridge gives great flexibility of pitch.
  • I pointed at the spot between the sound hole and bridge, where this instrument had its fullest sound.
6 Music A bridge passage or middle eight.
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  • They write choruses and bridges and songs that last longer than a minute and a half.
  • The dropping of a simplistic synth line in the bridge and eventual chorus only sweetens the deal.
  • The process continued until verses, choruses and bridges were written, along with some lyrics.
7The support for the tip of a billiard cue formed by the hand.
Example sentences
  • I have been playing pool for almost 5 years and since I have started I have been using an open bridge.
  • The user then places a hand on the billiard table to form a bridge for the cue.
7.1A long stick with a frame at the end which is used to support a cue for a difficult shot.
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  • It slides onto your cue, eliminating the need for a separate bridge.
  • The front hand holds the mechanical bridge flat on the table.
  • Lay the bridge on the table with the notch of desired height behind the cue ball.
8An electric circuit with two branches across which a detector or load is connected, used to measure resistance or other property by equalizing the potential across the two ends of a detector, or to rectify an alternating voltage or current.
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  • The internal harnesses comprise unlabeled black wires terminated at the bridge rectifiers and filter caps.
  • It took me many tries to get the grease to seemingly connect the bridges without touching the other connections.
  • A high sensitivity detector system utilizing a bridge balancing method is described.


[with object]
1Be or make a bridge over (something): a covered walkway bridged the gardens earlier attempts to bridge St George’s Channel had failed
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  • Lift and stair are provided, leading to the curved walkway above, which bridges the road.
  • Ties were also found covered with mortar bridging the cavity.
  • Significant for bridging the two riverbanks of unequal height, its light steel structure has a delicate lace-like detail.
span, cross, cross over, go over, pass over, extend across, reach across, traverse, arch over
1.1Make (a difference between two groups) smaller or less significant: new initiatives were needed to bridge the great abyss of class
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  • The gap should also be bridged between heads of departments and principals.
  • Differences on key issues could not be bridged.
  • This article has attempted to show how the gap between educational theory and practice can be bridged.
join, link, connect, unite;
overcome, reconcile



a bridge too far

A step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take: having Botox would be a bridge too far
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  • Community, whether caustic or politely consensual, has an odd knack of seeming a bridge too far.
  • However, Arnhem proved to be a bridge too far, immortalised in the film of the same name.
  • Threatening physical violence against the host is a bridge too far, it would seem.
1.1Something that is very difficult to achieve: that second goal proved a bridge too far
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  • For others, alas, it clearly remains a bridge too far.
  • Furthermore, its demand that the states give up their formal sovereignty is still "a bridge too far."
  • In that sense the application was a bridge too far.

build bridges

Promote friendly relations between groups: the challenge for all politicians now is to build bridges between communities
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  • No doubt both neighbours are making efforts to build bridges.
  • Common interest groups, involving intergroup contact, should be central to Government policy to build bridges between divided communities.
  • Prior to Cancun, the antiwar movement had already begun to build bridges with antiglobalization groups.

cross that bridge when one comes to it

Deal with a problem when and if it arises.
Example sentences
  • You'll need to repave it every few years, but I guess you'll cross that bridge when you come to it.
  • Waiting to cross that bridge when you come to it could be disastrous.
  • If they later raise rates and institutions balk, cross that bridge when you come to it.

I have a bridge to sell you

Used to indicate that a particular statement or claim could only be believed by someone who is very gullible: if you think that he will make things better, then I have a bridge to sell you
1940s: with reference to the practices of con artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially George C. Parker (1870–1936), who pretended to own the Brooklyn Bridge in order to trick people into buying it



Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪdʒəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Two points was bridgeable but three was a bridge too far.
  • Firstly, the second half of the season begins now and logic dictates that the gap is still bridgeable.
  • Situated at the lowest point bridgeable on the Severn, it was long an important inland port.


Old English brycg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brug and German Brücke.

Words that rhyme with bridge

abridge, fridge, midge, ridge
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bridge 2

Pronunciation: /brɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
A card game related to whist, played by two partnerships of two players who at the beginning of each hand bid for the right to name the trump suit, the highest bid also representing a contract to make a specified number of tricks with a specified suit as trumps.
Example sentences
  • This is possible because of the trumping rule, which is different from that in whist or bridge.
  • Even before then, variants of it were popular with bridge players in Denmark and Southern Sweden.
  • Other popular leisure-time pursuits include chess, bingo, and bridge.

In bridge, the members of each pair sit opposite one another; and in each hand one player (declarer) plays both his or her own hand and the exposed cards of their partner (dummy). The modern form of bridge is called contract bridge; its principal features are a complex bidding system and a scoring system for the card play in which only tricks that were bid as well as won count towards game. The main form of competitive bridge for tournaments is duplicate bridge, in which the same prearranged hands are played independently by several pairs or teams


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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