Meaning of BRIDGE in English



Pronunciation: ' brij

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English brigge, from Old English brycg; akin to Old High German brucka bridge, Old Church Slavic br ŭ v ŭ no beam

Date: before 12th century

1 a : a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle b : a time, place, or means of connection or transition

2 : something resembling a bridge in form or function: as a : the upper bony part of the nose also : the part of a pair of glasses that rests upon it b : a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument ― see VIOLIN illustration c : the forward part of a ship's superstructure from which the ship is navigated d : GANTRY 2B e : the hand as a rest for a billiards or pool cue also : a device used as a cue rest

3 a : a musical passage linking two sections of a composition b : a partial denture anchored to adjacent teeth c : a connection (as an atom or group of atoms) that joins two different parts of a molecule (as opposite sides of a ring)

4 : an electrical instrument or network for measuring or comparing resistances, inductances, capacitances, or impedances by comparing the ratio of two opposing voltages to a known ratio

– bridge · less \ -l ə s \ adjective

bridge 1a: 1 beam, 2 truss, 3 arch, 4 suspension, 5 cable-stayed

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