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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The 6,600-square-foot, three-story, five-bedroom neo-Renaissance house dates to the 1890s, but traces of the estate’s origins include the 17th-century metalwork on the property’s front gate, a nearby drawbridge and the mansion’s wine cellar. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Artsy 19th-Century Mansion That Housed the Dutch Elite," 5 Dec. 2018 The north and southbound ramps leading to Granite Avenue on Interstate 93 in Dorchester were closed Tuesday afternoon due to a drawbridge malfunction, State Police said. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Drawbridge malfunction closes ramps to I-93 in Dorchester," 3 July 2018 The coworking space’s fluid environment also lets down the drawbridges between life and work. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Sleeping Beauty's Castle has a real functioning drawbridge. Jelani Addams Rosa, Seventeen, "13 Super Cool Secrets You Never Knew About Disneyland," 18 July 2014 The Southeast Third Avenue drawbridge is an alternative. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Andrews Avenue drawbridge overhaul to last until 2020," 13 July 2018 Detour signs will re-route traffic to the Southwest Seventh Avenue drawbridge. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Andrews Avenue drawbridge overhaul to last until 2020," 13 July 2018 The second construction phase will include a new Portage Bay Bridge for 520, and the third phase a second Montlake Boulevard drawbridge over the Montlake Cut. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Summer update: What’s next for transportation projects in Puget Sound area," 1 July 2018 The work will not impact river traffic that requires a drawbridge opening. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Hawthorne Bridge closed Sunday to motor vehicles," 18 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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


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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