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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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 The bridge’s deck, including the drawbridge’s metal grating, would be covered with concrete, creating a smoother ride and saving the city money on annual maintenance, according to AECOM, the engineering firm that produced the study. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Study recommends $50 million long-term repair for Hanover Street Bridge, other updates," 11 Apr. 2018 Those who usually take that exit should take the Southwest Seventh Street exit or even consider earlier exits on the left side of the highway that put you just south of the drawbridges. Jeff Kleinman, miamiherald, "Fatal crash shuts down I-95 exit at Rickenbacker Causeway," 2 July 2018 But riders are quickly learning of its major Achilles heel — a drawbridge along the route that opens several times a day, leaving buses in the lurch. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "New Chelsea Silver Line hits bridge delays," 29 June 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 \

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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