Definition of bascule in English:

bascule

(also bascule bridge)

noun

  • 1A type of bridge with a section which can be raised and lowered using counterweights.

    • ‘This was the first use of a V-shaped pier on a bascule bridge, and it provided several advantages, including less restricted views of the water due to the openness of the pier, larger transverse openings, and improved span proportions.’
    • ‘Eight bascule bridges intersect with the upper roadway, as do two elevated transit lines - and 60,000 pedestrians on the Loop.’
    • ‘As the procession moved up river, Tower Bridge raised its bascules in tribute while gun salutes came from the Tower of London and HMS Belfast.’
    1. 1.1 A movable section of road forming part of a bascule bridge.

Origin

Late 19th century: earlier denoting a lever apparatus of which one end is raised while the other is lowered, from French (earlier bacule), see-saw, from battre to bump + cul buttocks.

Pronunciation:

bascule

/ˈbaskjuːl/