Bascule



a device operating like a balance or seesaw, especially an arrangement of a movable bridge (bascule bridge) by which the rising floor or section is counterbalanced by a weight.
Historical Examples

The assistants seized the condemned man, and pushed him on to the bascule.
Fantmas Pierre Souvestre

bascule, bas′kūl, n. an apparatus of the lever kind, in which one end is raised while the other is depressed.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

The cost has been set down at 65,000, or about one-thirtieth that of a suspension bridge, and one-third that of a bascule bridge.
The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams

We shall see the poor devil get out of the carriage, and being fastened on to the bascule, and pulled into the lunette.
Fantmas Pierre Souvestre

noun
Also called balance bridge, counterpoise bridge. a bridge with a movable section hinged about a horizontal axis and counterbalanced by a weight Compare drawbridge
a movable roadway forming part of such a bridge: Tower Bridge has two bascules

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