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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Recent Examples on the Web Which reminds me of something else I was told about Tel Aviv: that here is where Israel pulled up the drawbridge, to keep out the troubles and the worries. Michael Shapiro, Longreads, "Book of Lamentations," 29 Oct. 2019 Ogle at the exterior of doubly thick impenetrable walls, colossal drawbridge, and countless rectangular and circular towers used to keep watch and house prisoners. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 24 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe," 8 Nov. 2019 The drawbridge had to be opened during that time, officials said, and that was likely to result in delays for traffic along the Beltway’s inner and outer loops in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Washington Post, "Drawbridge maintenance on Woodrow Wilson Bridge," 9 Sep. 2019 Beneath this old drawbridge, a friend recently told me, lives a colony of bats, whose dusk-time departure his young children love to see. Washington Post, "Tampa reinvents itself to show off its shores," 8 Nov. 2019 The whole harbor will be more connected once construction begins next year on a $17 million pedestrian drawbridge across the harbor. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cleveland breaks ground on first downtown playground," 28 Oct. 2019 The Galata Bridge has been rebuilt several times since then, and its current incarnation boasts a center drawbridge—solving the problem of ship passage in a different way—with shops below and tram tracks above. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Testing Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge: His design was stable, study finds," 16 Oct. 2019 Today, the Galata Bridge serves as a bustling vehicle and pedestrian thoroughfare; the bridge even boasts a drawbridge for passing ships. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scientists Prove Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-Year-Old Bridge Design Actually Works," 16 Oct. 2019 Oregon and Washington’s governors met Monday in a downtown Vancouver high-rise overlooking the Interstate Bridge to express unified commitment to replacing the aging green drawbridge that loomed over their shoulders. oregonlive, "No option but to build a new Interstate Bridge, governors say," 19 Nov. 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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10 Jan 2020

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“Drawbridge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawbridge. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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