draw·​bridge | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbrij How to pronounce drawbridge (audio) \

Definition of drawbridge

: a bridge made to be raised up, let down, or drawn aside so as to permit or hinder passage — see castle illustration

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Examples of drawbridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drawbridge on George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach is locked in an open position, making road traffic impossible from the mainland over the Intracoastal to the beach. Kathy Laskowski, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Mar. 2022 As the campaign stretched on, the activists built a small settlement near Warner Creek, digging trenches and erecting a fort with a working drawbridge. New York Times, 26 May 2022 Carol Wright was halfway home from her 6-mile bicycle ride when the unthinkable happened: The crossing arms of a drawbridge came down behind her and the span of the bridge lifted, trapping the 79-year-old. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Feb. 2022 For bigger groups, there’s the Tree Fort Double, which connects two treehouses with a drawbridge. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 For group accommodations, there will also be a Tree Fort Double, which is two of the tree houses connected with a movable drawbridge. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2022 The arrest comes just days after a motorcyclist crashed on a rising drawbridge in Daytona Beach, Florida. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 18 Mar. 2022 He’s one of our most tenderly expressive actors, a performer who can, with the merest gesture, drop a sympathetic drawbridge between his anxiety and our own. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 4 Mar. 2022 The prior owner went all out on building a Medieval-style castle, with a moat, a drawbridge and a portcullis. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drawbridge

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Drawbridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawbridge. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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draw·​bridge | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbrij How to pronounce drawbridge (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawbridge

: a bridge that moves up, down, or to the side to allow boats or vehicles to pass

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