foot·​bridge | \ˈfu̇t-ˌbrij \

Definition of footbridge 

: a bridge for pedestrians

Examples of footbridge in a Sentence

We built a wooden footbridge over the creek.

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The improved model correctly predicts some phenomena that the 2005 model couldn't account for, like the wobbling of footbridges even in the absence of this crowd synchrony. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 On top of the building there’s a slanting green pathway that serves as a footbridge connecting one side of the river to the other. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Stunning Nordic town hall is part of the landscape," 6 Aug. 2018 The main entrance of the school is over a footbridge and is bordered on both sides by a moat-like garden that turns into a creek in rainy weather. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 But the most striking example lies at the edge of the Reykjanes peninsula where a footbridge visually displays this growing fissure between the two continental plates—at a small but noticeable 2.5 centimeters (about an inch) a year. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How GPS Changed the Way We Think About Our Planet," 18 Apr. 2017 There's a footbridge over the river that divides the properties. Alexandra Styron, Town & Country, "Pop's Stars: Paul Newman's Daughters Now," 31 Dec. 2012 In another recent study, observers staked out two high-risk areas along the Merced River in Yosemite—near a footbridge and above a waterfall—where more than ten people have drowned over the past decade. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Science of Why We Fall on Mountain Trails," 17 May 2018 Two narrow concrete footbridges spanned the lanes of I-44, leading to Dan Kiley’s two paths to bring you to the bases of the Arch’s legs. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 And another part of the project — replacing the nearby footbridge over Storrow Drive that connects Charles Circle to the Esplanade — is still under construction. Adam Vaccaro,, "After years of reconstruction, Longfellow Bridge reopened 5 a.m. Thursday," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of footbridge

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a bridge for people who are walking

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