bridge

noun (1)
\ˈbrij \

Definition of bridge 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle (such as a river) a bridge connecting the island to the mainland

b : a time, place, or means of connection or transition building a bridge between the two cultures the bridge from war to peace

2 : something resembling a bridge in form or function: such as

a : the upper bony part of the nose broke the bridge of his nose also : the part of a pair of glasses that rests upon it

b music : a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument — see violin illustration

c nautical : the forward part of a ship's superstructure (see superstructure sense 2b) from which the ship is navigated

d railroads : gantry sense 2b

e billiards : the hand as a rest for a cue also : a device used as a cue rest

3a music : a passage linking two sections of a composition

b dentistry : a partial denture anchored to adjacent teeth

c chemistry : a connection (such as an atom or group of atoms) that joins two different parts of a molecule (such as opposite sides of a ring)

4 physics : an electrical instrument or network for measuring or comparing resistances (see resistance entry 1 sense 4a), inductances, capacitances, or impedances by comparing the ratio of two opposing voltages to a known ratio

bridge

verb
bridged; bridging

Definition of bridge (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

2 : to provide with a bridge small bridged streams

bridge

noun (2)

Definition of bridge (Entry 3 of 3)

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 trick entry 1 sense 4) equal to the final bid, and play with the hand of declarer 's partner exposed and played by declarer especially : contract bridge

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Noun (1)

bridge 1a: 1 beam, 2 truss, 3 arch, 4 suspension, 5 cable-stayed

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Other Words from bridge

Noun (1)

bridgeless \-ləs \ adjective

Verb

bridgeable \ˈbri-jə-bəl \ adjective

First Known Use of bridge

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bridge

Noun (1)

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

Verb

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

Noun (2)

alteration of earlier biritch, of unknown origin

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bridge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bridge

: to make a bridge over or across (something)

bridge

noun
\ˈbrij \

Kids Definition of bridge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

bridge

verb
bridged; bridging

Kids Definition of bridge (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make a bridge over or across bridge a gap

bridge

noun

Kids Definition of bridge (Entry 3 of 3)

: a card game for four players in two teams

bridge

noun
\ˈbrij \

Medical Definition of bridge 

1a : the upper bony part of the nose

b : the curved part of a pair of glasses that rests upon this part of the nose

2a : 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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