draw·​bridge ˈdrȯ-ˌbrij How to pronounce drawbridge (audio)
: 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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Illustration of drawbridge

Examples of drawbridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moats are metaphorical, the drawbridge always down. Christian Wiman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 The Ashleigh and its barges in tow struck the drawbridge on Oct. 7, 2021, causing some $584,911 in damages. Blake Kaplan The Sun Herald (tns), al, 1 Sep. 2023 The outage has also affected part of Alameda, causing its three drawbridges to stop working and disrupting traffic access to the island, CBS Bay Area reported. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2023 In one of the home’s three bedrooms, an entire bedroom wall unfolds to the outdoors, similar to a drawbridge at the entrance of a castle. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2023 Mississippi transportation officials want a tug boat company to pay up for allegedly causing more than a $500,000 in damage to the drawbridge on Cowan-Lorraine Road in Gulfport. Blake Kaplan The Sun Herald (tns), al, 1 Sep. 2023 What's your message to them in light of all of this? CHRISTIE: That America has never been a great country and the leader of the world by filling in the moat and pulling up the drawbridge. ABC News, 25 June 2023 Just two years later, the drawbridge replacement project cut off direct access for nine months between Miami, the islands and Miami Beach. Orlando Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2023 The massive New River drawbridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale, erected in 1978, malfunctioned for reasons yet to be identified, raising the ire of not only Brightline passengers, but boaters and other marine interests who temporarily were unable to navigate through the city’s center. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drawbridge was in the 15th century

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“Drawbridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawbridge. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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draw·​bridge -ˌbrij How to pronounce drawbridge (audio)
: a bridge made to be wholly or partly raised up, let down, or drawn aside so as to permit or prevent passage

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