drawbridge

noun
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 But the gastropub didn’t lay off any staff, having learned lessons from when Spring Break got shut down, the Great Recession of 2008 and when repairs on the Sunrise Boulevard drawbridge took two years to complete in the late ’80s. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Wanna feel old? Fort Lauderdale beach’s World Famous Parrot Lounge turns 50.," 12 Nov. 2020 The work requires frequent and prolonged openings of the drawbridge, so the bridge will be closed to all users, including bicycles and pedestrians. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday traffic: Hawthorne Bridge closed Sunday for maintenance," 30 Oct. 2020 The northbound span of the bridge spanning the Columbia River will be closed around-the-clock starting Sept. 12 as crews replace a key piece of the 100-year-old bridge that allows the drawbridge to raise and lower to accommodate river traffic. oregonlive, "Lengthy Interstate Bridge lane closure looms, officials expect ‘significant delays’," 27 Aug. 2020 Onward again, past the baseball park, over the drawbridge, into Mission Bay, the heart of the new San Francisco. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "SF, the city Republicans smear most, reveals itself to still be not so bad," 15 Aug. 2020 The whole harbor will be more connected once construction begins next year on a $17 million pedestrian drawbridge across the harbor that should open in June 2022. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Goodbye Rock & Dock: North Coast Harbor has new Oasis marina manager," 29 May 2020 Obviously there’s a challenge in making a show about community when everyone is living in their own castle with the drawbridge up, especially when some of your main characters are married to one another while the actors who play them are not. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The ‘Parks and Recreation’ reunion is the perfect medicine for uncertain times," 30 Apr. 2020 The planned five-lane, dual-leaf drawbridge will be three times as wide as the current bridge, which was built in 1934. Washington Post, "Bridge delayed as landowners say they didn’t get fair offer," 2 Feb. 2020 The whole harbor will be more connected once construction begins next year on a $17 million pedestrian drawbridge across the harbor that should open in June 2022. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "North Coast Harbor draws 195,000 visitors in 2019," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of drawbridge

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drawbridge was in the 14th century

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“Drawbridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawbridge. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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drawbridge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drawbridge

: a bridge that can be raised up so that people cannot cross it or so that boats can pass under it

drawbridge

noun
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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