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bridge1 US English

A structure carrying a road, path, railroad, or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle

bridge2 US English

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

Bridge, Frank US English

(1879–1941), English composer, conductor, and violist. His compositions include chamber music, songs, and orchestral works, among them The Sea (1910–11) and Oration (for cello and orchestra, 1930)

air bridge US English

British term for jetway.

bridge loan US English

A sum of money lent by a bank to cover an interval between two transactions, typically the buying of one house and the selling of another

bridge mix US English

A mixture of various bite-size snack foods, such as nuts, raisins, and chocolates, typically served in a bowl at card games, parties, etc.

bridge roll US English

A small, soft bread roll with a long, thin shape

land bridge US English

A connection between two landmasses, especially a prehistoric one that allowed humans and animals to colonize new territory before being cut off by the sea, as across the Bering Strait and the English Channel

salt bridge US English

A tube containing an electrolyte (typically in the form of a gel), providing electrical contact between two solutions

toll bridge US English

A bridge where drivers or pedestrians must pay to cross

Adam's Bridge US English

A line of shoals lying between northwestern Sri Lanka and the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu in India. It separates the Palk Strait from the Gulf of Mannar

Bailey bridge US English

A temporary bridge of lattice steel designed for rapid assembly from prefabricated standard parts, used especially in military operations

chain bridge US English

A suspension bridge supported by chains rather than cables

flying bridge US English

another term for flybridge.

swing bridge US English

A bridge over water that can be rotated horizontally to allow ships through

Tower Bridge US English

A bridge across the Thames in London, famous for its twin towers and for the two bascules of which the roadway consists, able to be lifted to allow the passage of large ships. It was completed in 1894

auction bridge US English

An obsolete form of the card game bridge, in which all tricks won count toward the game whether bid or not

clapper bridge US English

A simple bridge consisting of slabs of stone or planks laid across a series of rocks or piles of stones

Brooklyn Bridge US English

A suspension bridge between southern Manhattan and northern Brooklyn (on Long Island) in New York City. Constructed 1869–1883, it was one of the period’s engineering marvels and is celebrated in art and literature

bridge-building US English

The activity of building bridges

bridge passage US English

A transitional section in a musical composition leading to a new section or theme

contract bridge US English

The standard form of the card game bridge, in which only tricks bid and won count toward the game, as opposed to auction bridge

humpback bridge US English

A small road bridge with a steep ascent and descent

Rainbow Bridge US English

A bridge of natural rock, the world’s largest natural bridge, situated in southern Utah, just north of the border with Arizona. Its span is 278 feet (86 m)

cantilever bridge US English

A bridge in which each span is constructed from cantilevers built out sideways from piers

duplicate bridge US English

A competitive form of bridge in which the same hands are played successively by different partnerships

suspension bridge US English

A bridge in which the weight of the deck is supported by vertical cables suspended from larger cables that run between towers and are anchored in abutments at each end

Triborough Bridge US English

A bridge complex opened in 1936 that links the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan boroughs in New York City

Wheatstone bridge US English

A simple circuit for measuring an unknown resistance by connecting it so as to form a quadrilateral with three known resistances and applying a voltage between a pair of opposite corners

a bridge too far in bridge1 US English

A step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take

a bridge too far US English

A step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take

bridge-and-tunnel US English

(Of a person) living in the suburbs and perceived as unsophisticated

bridge of boats US English

A bridge formed by mooring boats side by side across a river

Bridge of Sighs US English

A 16th-century enclosed bridge in Venice between the Doges' Palace and the state prison, originally crossed by prisoners on their way to torture or execution

cable-stayed bridge US English

A bridge in which the weight of the deck is supported by a number of cables running directly to one or more towers

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge US English

A suspension bridge across New York Bay between Brooklyn and Staten Island, the longest in the world when it was completed in 1964

water under the bridge in water US English

Used to refer to events or situations that are in the past and consequently no longer to be regarded as important or as a source of concern

water under the bridge US English

Used to refer to events or situations that are in the past and consequently no longer to be regarded as important or as a source of concern

gap US English

A difference, especially an undesirable one, between two views or situations

flybridge US English

An open deck above the main bridge of a vessel such as a yacht or cabin cruiser, typically equipped with duplicate controls

bridgework US English

Dental bridges collectively

overbridge US English

A bridge over a railway or road

skew arch US English

An arch (or bridge) with the line of the arch not at right angles to the abutment

skew bridge in skew arch US English

An arch (or bridge) with the line of the arch not at right angles to the abutment

weighbridge US English

A machine for weighing vehicles, set into the ground to be driven on to

underbridge US English

A bridge spanning an opening under a railway or road

cross that bridge when one comes to it in bridge1 US English

Deal with a problem when and if it arises

bascule US English

A type of bridge with a pivoting section that is raised and lowered using counterweights

bascule bridge in bascule US English

A type of bridge with a pivoting section that is raised and lowered using counterweights


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