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bridge

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noun \ˈbrij\

Definition of bridge

  1. 1a :  a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle (as a river) a bridge connecting the island to the mainlandb :  a time, place, or means of connection or transition building a bridge between the two cultures the bridge from war to peace

  2. 2 :  something resembling a bridge in form or function: such asa :  the upper bony part of the nose broke the bridge of his nose; also :  the part of a pair of glasses that rests upon itb music :  a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument — see violin illustrationc nautical :  the forward part of a ship's superstructure (see superstructure 2b) from which the ship is navigatedd railroads :  gantry 2be billiards :  the hand as a rest for a cue; also :  a device used as a cue rest

  3. 3a music :  a passage linking two sections of a compositionb dentistry :  a partial denture anchored to adjacent teethc chemistry :  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 physics :  an electrical instrument or network for measuring or comparing resistances (see 1resistance 4a), inductances, capacitances, or impedances by comparing the ratio of two opposing voltages to a known ratio

bridgeless

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Illustration of bridge

Origin and Etymology of bridge

Middle English brigge, from Old English brycg; akin to Old High German brucka bridge, Old Church Slavonic brŭvŭno beam


First Known Use: before 12th century

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bridge

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Definition of bridge

bridged

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bridging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a bridge (see 1bridge) over or across bridging a river bridge the divisions between the two groups bridge the generation gap; also :  to join by a bridge

  3. 2 :  to provide with a bridge small bridged streams

bridgeable

play \ˈbri-jə-bəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of bridge

Middle English briggen, going back to Old English brycgian, noun derivative of brycg 1bridge


First Known Use: before 12th century

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bridge

noun

Definition of bridge

  1. card games :  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 (see 1trick 4) equal to the final bid, and play with the hand of declarer 's partner exposed and played by declarer; especially :  contract bridge

Origin and Etymology of bridge

alteration of earlier biritch, of unknown origin


First Known Use: 1886



BRIDGE Defined for English Language Learners


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bridge

verb

Definition of bridge for English Language Learners

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


BRIDGE Defined for Kids

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bridge

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noun \ˈbrij\

Definition of bridge for Students

  1. 1 :  a structure built over something (as water, a low place, or a railroad) so people can cross

  2. 2 :  the place on a ship where the ship is steered

  3. 3 :  something that joins or connects :  something like a bridge the bridge of the nose a bridge between cultures


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bridge

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verb

Definition of bridge for Students

bridged

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bridging

  1. :  to make a bridge over or across bridge a gap


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bridge

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noun

Definition of bridge for Students

  1. :  a card game for four players in two teams


Medical Dictionary

bridge

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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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