Definition of drawbridge in English:



  • A bridge, especially one over a castle's moat, which is hinged at one end so that it may be raised to prevent people crossing or to allow vessels to pass under it.

    ‘there was a rattle of chains as the drawbridge was lowered’
    • ‘Their models are forts and castles, moats and drawbridges.’
    • ‘The sandbags have been filled, the drawbridge raised and the moat replenished with hungry crocodiles.’
    • ‘This will create a moat around City Hall's castle with maybe a drawbridge to keep electors out.’
    • ‘The drawbridges will be raised and the oil paintings mothballed as workers at historic sites around the country prepare to go on strike.’
    • ‘But homes today don't normally feature ramparts, drawbridges, moats and six-foot thick stone walls to keep out unwanted visitors.’