bas·​cule | \ ˈba-(ˌ)skyül How to pronounce bascule (audio) \

Definition of bascule

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

Examples of bascule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flyover will run partly over the Depression-era Lake Shore Drive bascule bridge over the river, and repairs to the bridge have proved more extensive and expensive than expected. Mary Wisniewski,, "The Navy Pier Flyover’s completion date has been delayed — again. The Willis Tower took half the time to build.," 30 Sep. 2019 In a news release Thursday (April 26), the Port said the nearly 100-year-old bascule bridge over the Industrial Canal needs a touch-up. Beau Evans,, "St. Claude Avenue Bridge to close 10 days for structural repairs," 26 Apr. 2018 Like the Arch of Swords at a naval wedding, eight bascule bridges along the Miami River rise in succession as the Capt. By Siobhan Morrissey, miamiherald, "Drivers fume — but many businesses are happy — when Miami River drawbridges rise," 6 Aug. 2017 Modjeski also was influential in the building of the elegant bascule bridges that cross the Chicago River, as part of a team that reviewed the original designs. Mary Wisniewski,, "Cyclists face barriers in car-centric Chicago suburbs: study," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of bascule

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bascule

French, seesaw

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13 Nov 2019

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“Bascule.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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