Main definitions of bridge in English

: bridge1bridge2

bridge1

noun

  • 1A structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacle:

    ‘a bridge across the River Thames’
    ‘a railway bridge’
    • ‘The card is an old picture of what appears to be a Roman aqueduct - a bridge over a river.’
    • ‘The lonely wanderer followed the terrace path eastwards and quickly crossed the old bridge over the River Burien.’
    • ‘They're working on one of the bridges across the river, so the traffic is ridiculous.’
    • ‘Of course, many a country is sensitive about having its airports, railway stations and bridges photographed.’
    • ‘Around the district railway and traffic bridges were washed away or damaged, cutting off the district.’
    • ‘Fallen trees, artillery, earthworks, and burned bridges blocked the paths into the city.’
    • ‘Thick wooden pillars extended from the bottom of the bridge to the river base, holding it steadily.’
    • ‘It brought with it hospitals, schools, land reclamation, roads, bridges and eventually, ports and railways.’
    • ‘The bridge crosses the Panjir River and will be a conduit between Parwan and Kapisa provinces.’
    • ‘Thousands of miles of major roads and railways and hundreds of bridges were destroyed.’
    • ‘The Senate sent a second army to hold the bridges at the Rhone River.’
    • ‘A crowd started for the Nevsky, crossing the frozen river to avoid the police on the river bridges.’
    • ‘A much used early metal girder bridge was the Waitaki River road and rail bridge.’
    • ‘Not too far ahead was the first of the bridges across the river.’
    • ‘The Trail threads through Langport and returns to the river under the railway bridge.’
    • ‘The main road bridge across the Clarence River was washed away and access was only by punt across the river.’
    • ‘He'd be better off in a coastal battery or at the head of a militia regiment that guards railway bridges.’
    • ‘That was followed by increased protection for nuclear power plants, bridges and railways.’
    • ‘I could see him striding across the wasteland to the Lochee Road towards the railway bridge at Muirton Road.’
    • ‘In this, the last of the great British railway bridges, mild steel superseded wrought iron.’
    viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass
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    1. 1.1 Something intended to reconcile or connect two seemingly incompatible things:
      ‘a committee which was formed to create a bridge between rival party groups’
      • ‘However, the outcome is one that makes less of a bridge between that sequestered domain and the outer world.’
      • ‘And we're not being an adequate bridge between these two levels of audiences.’
      • ‘This need not invalidate the argument for a continuing bridge between cultures.’
      • ‘This has made me appreciate the positive force of school as a bridge between home and society-at-large.’
      • ‘It's the bridge between adolescent rage and post-high school, a newly minted adult disillusionment.’
      • ‘No more can he claim to be the bridge between the U.S. and the E.U.’
      • ‘This is really the perfect ‘mid-CD’ song, like the bridge between act one and act two.’
      • ‘Here is the bridge between the young girl and her fantasy adult.’
      • ‘It is a bridge between moments of vision and should not be mistaken for vision itself.’
      • ‘I think it is kind of the bridge between last century and this century.’
      • ‘Such cases constitute a bridge between Chapters 12 and 13.’
      • ‘She is very much a bridge between the old and the new, and very valuable for that reason.’
      • ‘Turkish Baptists, to a certain extent, have been a bridge between Baptists in the Middle East and Europe.’
      • ‘Ideally, I want to be a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures.’
      • ‘What is missing is the bridge between the corporate knowledge of the previous deployment cycle and the next.’
      • ‘The work establishes the bridge between modernism and post-modernism utilizing primitive oral techniques.’
      • ‘Their books offer a bridge between their kitchens and yours.’
      • ‘At this point in history, Turkey has a special role as the bridge between Europe and Asia.’
      • ‘Ida likens the NFC to a bridge between the two worlds.’
      • ‘Turkey has long tried to enter the expanding union, seeing itself as a bridge between Muslim countries and Europe.’
      link, connection, means of uniting
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    2. 1.2
      short for land bridge
  • 2The elevated, enclosed platform on a ship from which the captain and officers direct operations:

    ‘Talbot stepped across the two gunwales and made his way up to the bridge’
    • ‘Without question, all officers stationed on the bridge of the ship marched towards the fire control center.’
    • ‘The torpedo detonated beneath the bridge, breaking the ship's back and splitting her in half.’
    • ‘On the command ship the bridge was in a tremendous upheaval.’
    • ‘Personnel will then proceed to the bridge and engine room to take control of, and assess the condition of, the ship.’
    • ‘The new systems will be fitted to the bridges and operations rooms of Navy warships for the electronic planning, monitoring and recording of voyages.’
    • ‘With Illeen's direction from the bridge of the ship, the troops spread out and began preparations to raise the vessel.’
    • ‘The bomber scored a direct hit on the bridge area, but it did not render the ship unseaworthy.’
    • ‘There is also a night-time color scheme because the bridge of a ship is in darkened mode.’
    • ‘The bridge of the ship is bustling with activity.’
    • ‘The captain left the bridge and took the nearest elevator to deck three.’
    • ‘Rapidly, the pirates spread through the ship, securing the bridge, and engineering.’
    • ‘Once embarked, the team dispersed aft, below decks and to the bridge to swiftly gain control of the vessel.’
    • ‘He left his quarters and moved to the bridge of his ship, but it was vacant.’
    • ‘Fire as many as you need to destroy the bridge of their ship.’
    • ‘He made his way to the bridge and saw the Captain sitting in his elevated command chair.’
    • ‘Now he sat in the small bridge of the ship, recording daily reports and readings from the diagnostics systems.’
    • ‘The screen shifted, and the bridge of another ship appeared.’
    • ‘About two hours ago, the junior officers were called to the bridge to conduct ship handling drills.’
    • ‘The captain ordered the bridge to keep the ship on its course but increase the ship speed by ten percent.’
    • ‘They hastily crept through the halls, towards the bridge of the ship.’
  • 3The upper bony part of a person's nose:

    ‘he pushed his spectacles further up the bridge of his nose’
    • ‘I tipped my head back until the bridge of my nose was pressed firmly against his neck, then let out a long breath.’
    • ‘A few dots of gel blush on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose will give you a lit-from-within glow.’
    • ‘Highlighters are usually applied to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and brow bones to bring out bone structure.’
    • ‘Others suggest an ice pack over the bridge of the nose.’
    • ‘He scoffed in what was considered a manly scoff and placed his fingers back to the bridge of his nose.’
    • ‘She rubbed her eyes, then the bridge of her nose with her index finger and thumb.’
    • ‘In the Weber test, the tuning fork is struck and placed on the midline of the forehead, the nasal bridge, or the chin.’
    • ‘Apply to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and a dab in the tear duct.’
    • ‘The smaller ethmoid sinuses are behind the bridge of the nose, between the eyes.’
    • ‘Generally, the head is large, the forehead is prominent and the nose is flat at the bridge.’
    • ‘Physical findings included a slightly prominent forehead with a depressed wide nasal bridge and a flat nose.’
    • ‘Mr. Danielson hunched his eyebrows down towards the bridge of his nose as he thought.’
    • ‘It was my turn to reacquaint my eyebrows with the bridge of my nose.’
    • ‘The metallic strip at the nose should be contoured to fit the bridge of the nose.’
    • ‘In he came, cupping his bleeding nose in one hand as he gripped the bridge of the nose with the other.’
    • ‘By setting the figure forward, Napoleon's forehead casts shadows over his eyes and the bridge of his nose.’
    • ‘He had a gold earring in his right ear, and a tiny scar across the bridge of his nose.’
    • ‘I duck into the living room just in time to see his large hand rubbing the bridge of his nose, and his eyes are closed.’
    • ‘Clean the eye from the bridge of the nose to the outer eye.’
    • ‘I glide along her eyebrows and follow the bridge of her nose to her cheekbones.’
    1. 3.1 The central part of a pair of glasses, fitting over the bridge of the nose:
      ‘these sunglasses have a special nose bridge for comfort’
      • ‘She pushed the bridge of her glasses further up on her nose.’
      • ‘The key to well fitting comfortable glasses is the bridge of the frames.’
      • ‘An inflated bridge piece is provided for use on eyeglass frames to increase comfort.’
      • ‘Men with small button noses should opt for metal framed glasses with high bridges.’
  • 4A partial denture supported by natural teeth on either side.

    • ‘The two incidents brought a plea from the dentist and his colleagues for people to monitor their dentures and bridges.’
    • ‘Implants can be used singly, to support a crown, or in groups to stabilise dentures or bridges.’
    • ‘A temporary bridge can be made so that you cannot see the spaces between the remaining teeth.’
    • ‘Dentures and bridges that are supported by successful implants tend to be very secure.’
    • ‘Crowns, bridges, and orthodontics are available after only 12 months of continuous enrollment.’
  • 5Music
    The part of a stringed instrument over which the strings are stretched:

    ‘ebony bridges and fingerboards’
    • ‘Depressing the string behind the bridge gives great flexibility of pitch.’
    • ‘Popular instruments include the zither with 25 strings and movable bridges.’
    • ‘Tom picks the strings from behind the bridge to give an amazing effect on the song.’
    • ‘How can he make sounds which are patently musical below the instrument's bridge, for example?’
    • ‘I pointed at the spot between the sound hole and bridge, where this instrument had its fullest sound.’
  • 6Music
    A bridge passage or middle eight.

    • ‘Pianist Eddie Heywood deftly fingers the bridge on the last chorus.’
    • ‘The verses, bridges, and choruses of the originals don't always remain intact.’
    • ‘They write choruses and bridges and songs that last longer than a minute and a half.’
    • ‘The dropping of a simplistic synth line in the bridge and eventual chorus only sweetens the deal.’
    • ‘Strings add color, providing the staccato rhythms of the bridge.’
    • ‘The process continued until verses, choruses and bridges were written, along with some lyrics.’
  • 7The support for the tip of a billiard cue formed by the hand.

    • ‘I have been playing pool for almost 5 years and since I have started I have been using an open bridge.’
    • ‘The user then places a hand on the billiard table to form a bridge for the cue.’
    1. 7.1 A long stick with a frame at the end which is used to support a cue for a difficult shot.
      • ‘Lay the bridge on the table with the notch of desired height behind the cue ball.’
      • ‘It slides onto your cue, eliminating the need for a separate bridge.’
      • ‘The front hand holds the mechanical bridge flat on the table.’
  • 8An electric circuit with two branches across which a detector or load is connected, used to measure resistance or other property by equalizing the potential across the two ends of a detector, or to rectify an alternating voltage or current.

    • ‘The gas detection circuit includes a catalytic bridge circuit and an analyzing bridge circuit.’
    • ‘It took me many tries to get the grease to seemingly connect the bridges without touching the other connections.’
    • ‘A high sensitivity detector system utilizing a bridge balancing method is described.’
    • ‘The internal harnesses comprise unlabeled black wires terminated at the bridge rectifiers and filter caps.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Be or make a bridge over (something):

    ‘a covered walkway bridged the gardens’
    ‘earlier attempts to bridge St George's Channel had failed’
    • ‘Ties were also found covered with mortar bridging the cavity.’
    • ‘They were engaged in trying to build a dyke to bridge the river, but the Egyptians managed to thwart that.’
    • ‘Significant for bridging the two riverbanks of unequal height, its light steel structure has a delicate lace-like detail.’
    • ‘Lift and stair are provided, leading to the curved walkway above, which bridges the road.’
    span, cross, cross over, go over, pass over, extend across, reach across, traverse, arch over
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    1. 1.1 Make (a difference between two groups) smaller or less significant:
      ‘new initiatives were needed to bridge the great abyss of class’
      • ‘‘I saw a need and decided to bridge the generation gap,’ she said.’
      • ‘Differences on key issues could not be bridged.’
      • ‘The theory of empirical ethics attempts to bridge this gap.’
      • ‘The gap was bridged, and that was the genesis of my love of acting.’
      • ‘At a grassroots level, this is a great step towards bridging the gap of knowledge.’
      • ‘Race, class, culture and geographic divides are bridged by both laughter and fearless treading on touchy subjects.’
      • ‘My general point is that the attempt to bridge that gap should be a necessary condition for all philosophizing.’
      • ‘A new psychology initiative helps communities bridge racial and cultural differences.’
      • ‘A lot of Deaf people are today going into the mainstream, so sign-singing is a good way of bridging the gap.’
      • ‘The tour attempts to bridge gaps between college students and the native communities that exist very close to them.’
      • ‘Their authentic sound bridges the gap between the Jamaican countryside and downtown Montreal.’
      • ‘The gap should also be bridged between heads of departments and principals.’
      • ‘This article has attempted to show how the gap between educational theory and practice can be bridged.’
      • ‘Revisit the sound that lifted our spirits and bridged the gap between bubblegum pop and adult-oriented rock.’
      • ‘Enhancing style and expressing individualism is another reason why shoes have bridged the gap between the sexes.’
      • ‘The World Asthma Day is an attempt to bridge the gap between the patient and physician.’
      • ‘‘I think he was one of the last people who bridged the gap between the old guys and the new guys’.’
      • ‘Borderlines vanish in this crossover event, which joins two genres of music bridging a three hundred year gulf.’
      • ‘It was not bridging the gulf that has grown between Europe and the U.S. since the end of the Cold War.’
      • ‘It's about bridging the gap between the genres.’
      join, link, connect, unite
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Phrases

  • a bridge too far

    • 1A step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take:

      ‘having Botox would be a bridge too far’
      • ‘Of course, for some, that one small step was a bridge too far.’
      • ‘But with 46 consulates in the United States - Canada has just 20-critics say Mexico is building a bridge too far.’
      • ‘Apparently, this group was a bridge too far even for them.’
      • ‘This could be a bridge too far, even in South Korea.’
      • ‘However, Arnhem proved to be a bridge too far, immortalised in the film of the same name.’
      • ‘Many times, he told me, reformers rejected a compromise as a bridge too far.’
      • ‘But the burqa is, in my opinion, a bridge too far.’
      • ‘That may be a bridge too far in US politics.’
      • ‘Community, whether caustic or politely consensual, has an odd knack of seeming a bridge too far.’
      • ‘Threatening physical violence against the host is a bridge too far, it would seem.’
      1. 1.1Something that is very difficult to achieve:
        ‘that second goal proved a bridge too far’
        • ‘Club fought on valiantly in the second half, but the missing man was always going to prove a bridge too far.’
        • ‘Joyce had little support and an even poorer supply of ball and staging a one-man comeback was a bridge too far for him.’
        • ‘Clearly, that will be a bridge too far for the Kiwi batsmen.’
        • ‘This could easily be a bridge too far for a team currently very much in transition.’
        • ‘The Kyoto Protocol is a bridge too far.’
        • ‘That, I suspect, is a bridge too far for the foreseeable future.’
        • ‘Quite simply last Sunday was a bridge too far without these players on board.’
        • ‘For others, alas, it clearly remains a bridge too far.’
        • ‘Furthermore, its demand that the states give up their formal sovereignty is still "a bridge too far."’
        • ‘In that sense the application was a bridge too far.’
  • build bridges

    • Promote friendly relations between groups:

      ‘the challenge for all politicians now is to build bridges between communities’
      • ‘Your point is well taken about seeking out moderate Muslims in an effort to build bridges.’
      • ‘No doubt both neighbours are making efforts to build bridges.’
      • ‘Prior to Cancun, the antiwar movement had already begun to build bridges with antiglobalization groups.’
      • ‘Instead of building bridges, bridges of trust and love, Sharon is building bridges of hatred, and impenetrable walls. "’
      • ‘My job as a leader is to build coalitions - build bridges and pull people together.’
      • ‘As India began to build bridges with Myanmar, China reached out to Bangladesh and they signed a hush-hush defence deal.’
      • ‘Since making his pledge he has found alternative ways to build bridges with Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel.’
      • ‘But some activists have been trying to build bridges since the youth edge appeared in Seattle.’
      • ‘Common interest groups, involving intergroup contact, should be central to Government policy to build bridges between divided communities.’
      • ‘By exploring their perceptual differences, the Chinese and American publics can build bridges between them without dependence on their governments.’
  • cross that bridge when one comes to it

    • Deal with a problem when and if it arises.

      • ‘Waiting to cross that bridge when you come to it could be disastrous.’
      • ‘In any case, you'll cross that bridge when you come to it, if you need to.’
      • ‘I could just say quit your worrying and cross that bridge when you come to it.’
      • ‘You'll need to repave it every few years, but I guess you'll cross that bridge when you come to it.’
      • ‘If they later raise rates and institutions balk, cross that bridge when you come to it.’
  • i have a bridge to sell you

    • Used to indicate that a particular statement or claim could only be believed by someone who is very gullible:

      ‘if you think that he will make things better, then I have a bridge to sell you’

Origin

Old English brycg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brug and German Brücke.

Pronunciation

bridge

/brɪdʒ/

Main definitions of bridge in English

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bridge2

noun

  • [mass noun] A card game related to whist, played by two partnerships of two players who at the beginning of each hand bid for the right to name the trump suit, the highest bid also representing a contract to make a specified number of tricks with a specified suit as trumps.

    • ‘She worried that her standing - as a player who takes her bridge very seriously - might be diminished.’
    • ‘Other popular leisure-time pursuits include chess, bingo, and bridge.’
    • ‘If you like trick-taking card games like hearts and bridge, a treasure awaits you in Mü and More.’
    • ‘Even before then, variants of it were popular with bridge players in Denmark and Southern Sweden.’
    • ‘This is possible because of the trumping rule, which is different from that in whist or bridge.’
    • ‘Large numbers of bridge fans attend national tournaments featuring the top players.’
    • ‘I learned this game from our interpreter, in exchange for teaching him bridge.’
    • ‘He was always a keen golfer and bridge player.’
    • ‘In his youth he was a keen tennis and bridge player; latterly his pride was his garden.’
    • ‘So instead, we played bridge and piquet the whole morning.’
    • ‘He was an active and knowledgeable gardener and he remained a highly competitive bridge player.’
    • ‘He described the American Navy as a club for golfers and bridge players.’
    • ‘Outside medicine he became a first division bridge player, learnt to speak Spanish, and played golf and tennis.’
    • ‘No offence to any bridge players out there, but they've got to be kidding me.’
    • ‘When I did see the odd fellow bridge player, the first thing I asked them was if they had seen William.’
    • ‘The games can be doubled and redoubled as in bridge.’
    • ‘Later she became an enthusiastic and ruthless bridge player.’
    • ‘He became one of the world's best bridge players, with a raft of teaching videos and CDs to his name.’
    • ‘He was known as a more than competent bridge player in the European Parliament.’
    • ‘There are no known performance-enhancing drugs for bridge.’

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bridge

/brɪdʒ/