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

Examples of suspension bridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2,200-foot suspension bridge carried U.S. Route 35 and spanned the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 The park’s Redwood Canopy Trail takes visitors up into the mid-canopy over aerial suspension bridges, with platforms from which to gaze out and channel your inner Swiss Family Robinson. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Shocking video showed the moment a massive cargo ship collided with Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning, sending parts of the decades-old suspension bridge, along with people and vehicles, into the Patapsco River. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 27 Mar. 2024 Show the photos to the staff at the nature center to receive the Four Falls Challenge sticker. 5 Mile Challenge at Turkey Run State Park Hike three canyons and navigate a ladder and a suspension bridge during this 2- or 3-hour challenge. The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2024 The famous suspension bridge connecting Mackinaw City and St. Ignace opened in 1957 but these little take-home treasures weren't sold until 2021. Detroit Free Press, 29 Jan. 2024 No suspension bridge had ever had its supports so far apart: At two miles, the bridge over the Messina Strait would have the world’s longest span. Gisela Salim-Peyer, The Atlantic, 11 Dec. 2023 Smale Riverfront Park, tucked along the Ohio River Trail, offers the perfect view of the suspension bridge from the Ohio side. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 9 Feb. 2024 Over a century old, the suspension bridge is widely regarded as an engineering and architectural icon. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 9 Feb. 2024

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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 26 May. 2024.

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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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