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noun \ˈbrij\

Definition of bridge

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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 play \-ləs\ adjective

Illustration of bridge

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

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Simple Definition of bridge

  • : to make a bridge over or across (something)

Full Definition of bridge


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a bridge over or across <bridge the gap>; also :  to join by a bridge

  3. 2 :  to provide with a bridge

bridge·able play \ˈbri-jə-bəl\ adjective

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bridge

before 12th century

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Definition of bridge

  1. :  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

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbrij\

Medical Definition of bridge

  1. 1a:  the upper bony part of the noseb:  the curved part of a pair of glasses that rests upon this part of the nose

  2. 2a:  ponsb:  a strand of protoplasm extending between two cellsc:  a partial denture held in place by anchorage to adjacent teethd:  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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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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