suspension bridge


Definition of 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 From the parking lot, follow the paved trail over a 210-foot suspension bridge — built by the CCC from 1938 to 1939 — to the east side of the Black River. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Explore 5 waterfalls within 5 miles along the Black River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula," 10 Sep. 2020 All because Hammersmith Bridge, a majestic but badly corroded 19th-century suspension bridge that connects the district of Barnes with much of London, was closed last month for safety reasons. Mark Landler, New York Times, "London’s Bridges Really Are Falling Down," 7 Sep. 2020 In 2017, the Hongyagu suspension bridge took the title of longest — and most terrifying. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "This Record-breaking Glass Bridge in China Is for People Who Love Stomach-churning Heights," 4 Sep. 2020 The bascule-and-suspension bridge, completed in 1894, failed to close after opening to allow ships on the River Thames to pass underneath. Washington Post, "World Digest: Aug. 22, 2020," 22 Aug. 2020 The seven-mile hike crosses an exciting mile-long suspension bridge on the way to Pinwheel Vista, and hikers in the spring are treated to views of gorgeous wildflowers blooming along the trail. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Hikes in Every State," 7 Aug. 2020 Benton MacKaye Trail, which starts at the beginning of the Appalachian Trail on Springer Mountain, is known for scenic waterways, mountain overlooks, and a gut-wrenching suspension bridge that crosses over the Toccoa River. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Hikes in Every State," 7 Aug. 2020 The stadium's sweeping roof is anchored to earth by steel cables, like a suspension bridge, and mixes the modern with traditional forms found in Japanese temples and shrines. Stephen Wade, Star Tribune, "Man born in Hiroshima lights 1964 Tokyo Olympic cauldron," 5 Aug. 2020 Gatlinburg’s SkyBridge is expected to reopen today after a visitor’s slide cracked one of the glass panels on the 680-foot-long suspension bridge. Leada Gore |, al, "Gatlinburg SkyBridge closes after visitor does baseball slide, cracks glass panel," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of suspension bridge

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Suspension bridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suspension bridge

: a bridge that is hung from two or more cables that are held up by towers

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