suspension bridge


: a bridge that has its roadway suspended from two or more cables usually passing over towers and securely anchored at the ends see bridge illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Adrenaline-seekers climb the granite domes along Oak Creek Grade and flock to Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, home to America’s highest suspension bridge, as well as its highest zip-line—soaring 1,200 feet above the river. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2022 That suspension bridge at the pinch point between upper and lower New York bays carries 13 lanes of car and truck traffic on two levels between Staten Island and Brooklyn when the race is not happening. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 Video shared on social media appeared to show the suspension bridge crowded with people, some of whom were seen to be shaking the bridge. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 Arch Bridge was originally built to replace an old suspension bridge constructed over the river in 1888, serving the neighboring pioneer towns. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2022 The group was just south of Bridge of the Gods, a scenic suspension bridge above the Columbia River. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 29 Aug. 2022 INFRA Grant Program, which will pay for work on the suspension bridge connecting Newport and Jamestown. Globe Staff,, 1 Nov. 2022 The deaths of 135 people in the collapse of a cable suspension bridge in India’s western state of Gujarat is one of the worst public safety tragedies to hit the country in recent years. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 1 Nov. 2022 The Gadsden Fire Department responded to a report of an unresponsive person in Black Creek gorge between Noccalula Falls and the park’s suspension bridge, the city said in a statement Wednesday night. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suspension bridge was in 1821

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“Suspension bridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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suspension bridge

: a bridge that has its roadway suspended from two or more cables usually passing over towers and strongly anchored at the ends

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