See under 1 (def 16a).
a structure spanning and providing passage over a river, chasm, road, or the like.
a connecting, transitional, or intermediate route or phase between two adjacent elements, activities, conditions, or the like:
Working at the hospital was a bridge between medical school and private practice.
Anatomy. the ridge or upper line of the nose.
Dentistry. an artificial replacement, fixed or removable, of a missing tooth or teeth, supported by natural teeth or roots adjacent to the space.
Also, bridge passage. a passage in a literary work or a scene in a play serving as a movement between two other passages or scenes of greater importance.
Ophthalmology. the part of a pair of eyeglasses that joins the two lenses and rests on the bridge or sides of the nose.
Also called bridge circuit. Electricity. a two-branch network, including a measuring device, as a galvanometer, in which the unknown resistance, capacitance, inductance, or impedance of one component can be measured by balancing the voltage in each branch and computing the unknown value from the known values of the other components.
Railroads. a gantry over a track or tracks for supporting waterspouts, signals, etc.
Building Trades. a scaffold built over a sidewalk alongside a construction or demolition site to protect pedestrians and motor traffic from falling materials.
(in a twist drill) the conoid area between the flutes at the drilling end.
transitional music, commentary, dialogue, or the like, between two parts of a radio or television program.
Horology. a partial plate, supported at both ends, holding bearings on the side opposite the dial.
Compare 1 (def 10).
Chemistry. a valence bond illustrating the connection of two parts of a molecule.
a support or prop, usually timber, for the roof of a mine, cave, etc.
any arch or rooflike figure formed by acrobats, dancers, etc., as by joining and raising hands.
verb (used with object), bridged, bridging.
to make a bridge or passage over; span:
The road bridged the river.
to join by or as if by a bridge:
a fallen tree bridging the two porches.
to make (a way) by a bridge.
verb (used without object), bridged, bridging.
Foundry. (of molten metal) to form layers or areas heterogeneous either in material or in degree of hardness.
(especially of clothing) less expensive than a manufacturer’s most expensive products:
showing his bridge line for the fall season.
burn one’s bridges (behind one), to eliminate all possibilities of retreat; make one’s decision irrevocable:
She burned her bridges when she walked out angrily.
a structure that spans and provides a passage over a road, railway, river, or some other obstacle
something that resembles this in shape or function: his letters provided a bridge across the centuries
the part of a pair of glasses that rests on the nose
Also called bridgework. a dental plate containing one or more artificial teeth that is secured to the surrounding natural teeth
a platform athwartships and above the rail, from which a ship is piloted and navigated
a piece of wood, usually fixed, supporting the strings of a violin, guitar, etc, and transmitting their vibrations to the sounding board
Also called bridge passage. a passage in a musical, literary, or dramatic work linking two or more important sections
(electronics) Also called bridge circuit. any of several networks, such as a Wheatstone bridge, consisting of two branches across which a measuring device is connected. The resistance, capacitance, etc, of one component can be determined from the known values of the others when the voltage in each branch is balanced
(computing) a device that connects networks and sends packets between them
a partition in a furnace or boiler to keep the fuel in place
build bridges, to promote reconciliation or cooperation between hostile groups or people
burn one’s bridges, See burn1 (sense 19)
cross a bridge when one comes to it, to deal with a problem only when it arises; not to anticipate difficulties
to build or provide a bridge over something; span: to bridge a river
to connect or reduce the distance between: let us bridge our differences
a card game for four players, based on whist, in which one hand (the dummy) is exposed and the trump suit decided by bidding between the players See also contract bridge, duplicate bridge, rubber bridge, auction bridge
Frank. 1879–1941, English composer, esp of chamber music. He taught Benjamin Britten
“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.
A structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier, such as a river or roadway.
noun 1. an electric light. noun 1. a glass bulb containing a gas, such as argon or nitrogen, at low pressure and enclosing a thin metal filament that emits light when an electric current is passed through it Sometimes shortened to bulb n. also lightbulb, 1884, from light (n.) + bulb.
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noun 1. a particularly powerful torch, spotlight, or searchlight
noun 1. Immunology. either of an identical pair of polypeptides in the antibody molecule that lie parallel to the upper parts of the heavy chain pair and are half the molecular weight. light chain n. One of a pair of polypeptide chains of low molecular weight that are components of an immunoglobin and are classified […]
noun, U.S. Military Slang. 1. a lieutenant colonel. noun phrase A lieutenant colonel (WWII Army)