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1bridge

noun \ˈbrij\

Definition of BRIDGE

1
a :  a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle
b :  a time, place, or means of connection or transition
2
:  something resembling a bridge in form or function: as
a :  the upper bony part of the nose; also :  the part of a pair of glasses that rests upon it
b :  a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument — see violin illustration
c :  the forward part of a ship's superstructure from which the ship is navigated
d :  gantry 2b
e :  the hand as a rest for a billiards or pool cue; also :  a device used as a cue rest
3
a :  a musical passage linking two sections of a composition
b :  a partial denture anchored to adjacent teeth
c :  a connection (as an atom or group of atoms) that joins two different parts of a molecule (as opposite sides of a ring)
4
:  an electrical instrument or network for measuring or comparing resistances, inductances, capacitances, or impedances by comparing the ratio of two opposing voltages to a known ratio
bridge·less \-ləs\ adjective
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Origin of BRIDGE

Middle English brigge, from Old English brycg; akin to Old High German brucka bridge, Old Church Slavic brŭvŭno beam
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Dentistry Terms

crown, tush

Rhymes with BRIDGE

2bridge

verb

: to make a bridge over or across (something)

bridgedbridg·ing

Full Definition of BRIDGE

transitive verb
1
:  to make a bridge over or across <bridge the gap>; also :  to join by a bridge
2
:  to provide with a bridge
bridge·able \ˈbri-jə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of BRIDGE

before 12th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

3bridge

noun

Definition of BRIDGE

:  any of various card games for usually four players in two partnerships that bid for the right to declare a trump suit, seek to win tricks equal to the final bid, and play with the hand of declarer's partner exposed and played by declarer; especially :  contract bridge

Origin of BRIDGE

alteration of earlier biritch, of unknown origin
First Known Use: circa 1897

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce
BRIDGE[1] Defined for Kids

1bridge

noun \ˈbrij\

Definition of BRIDGE for Kids

1
:  a structure built over something (as water, a low place, or a railroad) so people can cross
2
:  the place on a ship where the ship is steered
3
:  something that joins or connects :  something like a bridge <the bridge of the nose> <a bridge between cultures>

2bridge

verb
bridgedbridg·ing

Definition of BRIDGE for Kids

:  to make a bridge over or across <bridge a gap>

3bridge

noun

Definition of BRIDGE for Kids

:  a card game for four players in two teams
Medical Dictionary

bridge

noun \ˈbrij\

Medical Definition of BRIDGE

1
a :  the upper bony part of the nose b :  the curved part of a pair of glasses that rests upon this part of the nose
2
a :  pons b :  a strand of protoplasm extending between two cells c :  a partial denture held in place by anchorage to adjacent teeth d :  a connection (as an atom or group of atoms) that joins two different parts of a molecule (as opposite sides of a ring) e :  an area of physical continuity between two chromatids persisting during the later phases of mitosis and constituting a possible source of somatic genetic change

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