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bascule

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noun bas·cule \ˈbas-(ˌ)kyül\

Definition of bascule

  1. :  an apparatus or structure (as a drawbridge) in which one end is counterbalanced by the other on the principle of the seesaw or by weights



Origin and Etymology of bascule

French, seesaw


First Known Use: 1678


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