bridge

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noun (1)

1
a
: 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
3
a
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
bridgeless adjective

Illustration of bridge

Illustration of bridge
  • 1 beam
  • 2 truss
  • 3 arch
  • 4 suspension
  • 5 cable-stayed

bridge

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verb

bridged; bridging

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
bridgeable adjective

bridge

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noun (2)

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

Examples of bridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To simply get to the ninth inning, the Dodgers constructed a creaky bridge of hold-your-breath relievers to preserve their early lead. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2024 His work touched the state's most significant bridges, including the bridge over the Arkansas River at Dardanelle and the (now Interstate 55) Memphis-Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River in West Memphis. arkansasonline.com, 13 July 2024
Verb
Our product bridges this gap, offering luxury condos at an attainable price. Kansas City Star, 10 July 2024 The research bridges economics and psychology to explain why financial incentives can backfire. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for bridge 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bridge was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near bridge

Cite this Entry

“Bridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bridge. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bridge

1 of 3 noun
1
: a structure built over something (as a river or a railroad) so people can cross
2
: a platform above and across the deck of a ship for the captain or officer in charge
3
a
: something resembling a bridge (as the upper part of the nose)
b
: music that connects the sections of a song or composition
4
: a curved piece that raises the strings of a musical instrument
5
: an artificial replacement for one or more teeth that is fastened to the remaining nearby teeth

bridge

2 of 3 verb
bridged; bridging
: to make a bridge over or across
bridge a gap
bridgeable adjective

bridge

3 of 3 noun
: a card game for four players in two teams
Etymology

Noun

Old English brycg "bridge"

Noun

origin unknown

Medical Definition

bridge

noun
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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