There are 2 definitions of bridge in English:


Syllabification: bridge
Pronunciation: /brij


1A structure carrying a road, path, railroad, or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle: a bridge across the river a railroad 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.
viaduct, overpass, fixed link, aqueduct
1.1Something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things: a committee that was formed to create a bridge between rival parties
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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.
1.2A partial denture supported by natural teeth on either side. See also bridgework.
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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.
1.3The support formed by the hand for the forward part of a billiard cue.
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  • 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.
1.4A long stick with a frame at the end that is used to support a cue for a shot that is otherwise hard to reach.
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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.
1.5 Music An upright piece of wood on a string instrument over which the strings are stretched.
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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.
1.6 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.
1.7 short for land bridge.
2The elevated, enclosed platform on a ship from which the captain and officers direct operations.
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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 this: 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.
4An electric circuit with two branches across which a detector or load is connected. These circuits are 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.


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1Be a bridge over (something): a covered walkway that bridged the gardens
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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 (over), extend across, traverse, arch over
1.1Build a bridge over (something): earlier attempts to bridge the channel had failed
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  • If the fabric is bridged to a Fibre Channel, the commands are transparently converted in the router.
  • How can a device company and its overseas manufacturer bridge the physical distance built into their relationship?
  • Attempts at bridging through the wall to anything outside resulted only in jumbled, distorted messages.
1.2Make (a difference between two groups) smaller or less significant: bridging the gap between avant garde art and popular culture
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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; straddle; overcome, reconcile


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


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.
Something 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.

burn one's bridges

see burn1.

cross that bridge when one comes to it

Deal with a problem when and if it arises.
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  • 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.



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  • 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.

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There are 2 definitions of bridge in English:


Syllabification: bridge
Pronunciation: /


A card game descended from 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.
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  • 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.


late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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