draw·​bridge | \-ˌbrij \

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 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 The drawbridge spans the New River between Las Olas Boulevard and South Fifth Street, but its 37-year-old machinery is nearing the end of its life, traffic engineers said. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Andrews Avenue drawbridge overhaul to last until 2020," 13 July 2018 Both ramps were closed after the bridge crossing was stuck open, State Police said in a Tweet posted just before 5 p.m. The drawbridge crosses the Neponset River. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Drawbridge malfunction closes ramps to I-93 in Dorchester," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of drawbridge

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 \

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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