Main definitions of bridge in English

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noun

  • 1A structure carrying a road, path, railroad, or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle.

    ‘a bridge across the river’
    ‘a railroad bridge’
    • ‘The card is an old picture of what appears to be a Roman aqueduct - a bridge over a river.’
    • ‘Of course, many a country is sensitive about having its airports, railway stations and bridges photographed.’
    • ‘He'd be better off in a coastal battery or at the head of a militia regiment that guards railway bridges.’
    • ‘The Senate sent a second army to hold the bridges at the Rhone River.’
    • ‘A much used early metal girder bridge was the Waitaki River road and rail bridge.’
    • ‘The lonely wanderer followed the terrace path eastwards and quickly crossed the old bridge over the River Burien.’
    • ‘The main road bridge across the Clarence River was washed away and access was only by punt across the river.’
    • ‘I could see him striding across the wasteland to the Lochee Road towards the railway bridge at Muirton Road.’
    • ‘Fallen trees, artillery, earthworks, and burned bridges blocked the paths into the city.’
    • ‘The bridge crosses the Panjir River and will be a conduit between Parwan and Kapisa provinces.’
    • ‘It brought with it hospitals, schools, land reclamation, roads, bridges and eventually, ports and railways.’
    • ‘Thick wooden pillars extended from the bottom of the bridge to the river base, holding it steadily.’
    • ‘In this, the last of the great British railway bridges, mild steel superseded wrought iron.’
    • ‘They're working on one of the bridges across the river, so the traffic is ridiculous.’
    • ‘A crowd started for the Nevsky, crossing the frozen river to avoid the police on the river bridges.’
    • ‘Around the district railway and traffic bridges were washed away or damaged, cutting off the district.’
    • ‘That was followed by increased protection for nuclear power plants, bridges and railways.’
    • ‘The Trail threads through Langport and returns to the river under the railway bridge.’
    • ‘Thousands of miles of major roads and railways and hundreds of bridges were destroyed.’
    • ‘Not too far ahead was the first of the bridges across the river.’
    viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass
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    1. 1.1 Something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things.
      ‘a committee that was formed to create a bridge between rival parties’
      • ‘Ida likens the NFC to a bridge between the two worlds.’
      • ‘She is very much a bridge between the old and the new, and very valuable for that reason.’
      • ‘This need not invalidate the argument for a continuing bridge between cultures.’
      • ‘This is really the perfect ‘mid-CD’ song, like the bridge between act one and act two.’
      • ‘Turkey has long tried to enter the expanding union, seeing itself as a bridge between Muslim countries and Europe.’
      • ‘The work establishes the bridge between modernism and post-modernism utilizing primitive oral techniques.’
      • ‘I think it is kind of the bridge between last century and this century.’
      • ‘However, the outcome is one that makes less of a bridge between that sequestered domain and the outer world.’
      • ‘What is missing is the bridge between the corporate knowledge of the previous deployment cycle and the next.’
      • ‘Turkish Baptists, to a certain extent, have been a bridge between Baptists in the Middle East and Europe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At this point in history, Turkey has a special role as the bridge between Europe and Asia.’
      • ‘No more can he claim to be the bridge between the U.S. and the E.U.’
      • ‘Their books offer a bridge between their kitchens and yours.’
      • ‘Here is the bridge between the young girl and her fantasy adult.’
      • ‘Such cases constitute a bridge between Chapters 12 and 13.’
      • ‘It is a bridge between moments of vision and should not be mistaken for vision itself.’
      • ‘And we're not being an adequate bridge between these two levels of audiences.’
      • ‘Ideally, I want to be a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures.’
      link, connection, means of uniting
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    2. 1.2 A partial denture supported by natural teeth on either side.
      See also bridgework
      • ‘Crowns, bridges, and orthodontics are available after only 12 months of continuous enrollment.’
      • ‘A temporary bridge can be made so that you cannot see the spaces between the remaining teeth.’
      • ‘The two incidents brought a plea from the dentist and his colleagues for people to monitor their dentures and bridges.’
      • ‘Dentures and bridges that are supported by successful implants tend to be very secure.’
      • ‘Implants can be used singly, to support a crown, or in groups to stabilise dentures or bridges.’
    3. 1.3 The support formed by the hand for the forward part of a billiard cue.
      • ‘The user then places a hand on the billiard table to form a bridge for the cue.’
      • ‘I have been playing pool for almost 5 years and since I have started I have been using an open bridge.’
    4. 1.4 A long stick with a frame at the end that is used to support a cue for a shot that is otherwise hard to reach.
      • ‘The front hand holds the mechanical bridge flat on the table.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5Music An upright piece of wood on a string instrument over which the strings are stretched.
      • ‘How can he make sounds which are patently musical below the instrument's bridge, for example?’
      • ‘Depressing the string behind the bridge gives great flexibility of pitch.’
      • ‘Tom picks the strings from behind the bridge to give an amazing effect on the song.’
      • ‘Popular instruments include the zither with 25 strings and movable bridges.’
      • ‘I pointed at the spot between the sound hole and bridge, where this instrument had its fullest sound.’
    6. 1.6Music A bridge passage or middle eight.
      • ‘The verses, bridges, and choruses of the originals don't always remain intact.’
      • ‘Strings add color, providing the staccato rhythms of the bridge.’
      • ‘Pianist Eddie Heywood deftly fingers the bridge on the last chorus.’
      • ‘They write choruses and bridges and songs that last longer than a minute and a half.’
      • ‘The process continued until verses, choruses and bridges were written, along with some lyrics.’
      • ‘The dropping of a simplistic synth line in the bridge and eventual chorus only sweetens the deal.’
    7. 1.7
      short for land bridge
  • 2The elevated, enclosed platform on a ship from which the captain and officers direct operations.

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

    ‘he pushed his spectacles further up the bridge of his nose’
    • ‘The smaller ethmoid sinuses are behind the bridge of the nose, between the eyes.’
    • ‘She rubbed her eyes, then the bridge of her nose with her index finger and thumb.’
    • ‘Generally, the head is large, the forehead is prominent and the nose is flat at the bridge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I glide along her eyebrows and follow the bridge of her nose to her cheekbones.’
    • ‘In the Weber test, the tuning fork is struck and placed on the midline of the forehead, the nasal bridge, or the chin.’
    • ‘He scoffed in what was considered a manly scoff and placed his fingers back to the bridge of his nose.’
    • ‘It was my turn to reacquaint my eyebrows with the bridge of my nose.’
    • ‘A few dots of gel blush on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose will give you a lit-from-within glow.’
    • ‘Apply to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and a dab in the tear duct.’
    • ‘In he came, cupping his bleeding nose in one hand as he gripped the bridge of the nose with the other.’
    • ‘Highlighters are usually applied to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and brow bones to bring out bone structure.’
    • ‘Mr. Danielson hunched his eyebrows down towards the bridge of his nose as he thought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others suggest an ice pack over the bridge of the nose.’
    • ‘Clean the eye from the bridge of the nose to the outer eye.’
    • ‘I tipped my head back until the bridge of my nose was pressed firmly against his neck, then let out a long breath.’
    • ‘Physical findings included a slightly prominent forehead with a depressed wide nasal bridge and a flat nose.’
    • ‘The metallic strip at the nose should be contoured to fit the bridge of the nose.’
    1. 3.1 The central part of a pair of glasses, fitting over this.
      ‘these sunglasses have a special nose bridge for comfort’
      • ‘The key to well fitting comfortable glasses is the bridge of the frames.’
      • ‘She pushed the bridge of her glasses further up on her nose.’
      • ‘Men with small button noses should opt for metal framed glasses with high bridges.’
      • ‘An inflated bridge piece is provided for use on eyeglass frames to increase comfort.’
  • 4An electric circuit with two branches across which a detector or load is connected. These circuits are 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.’
    • ‘The internal harnesses comprise unlabeled black wires terminated at the bridge rectifiers and filter caps.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

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

    ‘a covered walkway that bridged the gardens’
    • ‘Lift and stair are provided, leading to the curved walkway above, which bridges the road.’
    • ‘Significant for bridging the two riverbanks of unequal height, its light steel structure has a delicate lace-like detail.’
    • ‘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.’
    span, cross, cross over, go over, pass over, extend across, reach across, traverse, arch over
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    1. 1.1 Build a bridge over (something)
      ‘earlier attempts to bridge the channel had failed’
      • ‘Attempts at bridging through the wall to anything outside resulted only in jumbled, distorted messages.’
      • ‘If the fabric is bridged to a Fibre Channel, the commands are transparently converted in the router.’
      • ‘How can a device company and its overseas manufacturer bridge the physical distance built into their relationship?’
      • ‘Spend some time to be sure that you haven't inadvertently bridged to the adjacent pads with excess solder.’
    2. 1.2 Make (a difference between two groups) smaller or less significant.
      ‘bridging the gap between avant garde art and popular culture’
      • ‘A lot of Deaf people are today going into the mainstream, so sign-singing is a good way of bridging the gap.’
      • ‘A new psychology initiative helps communities bridge racial and cultural differences.’
      • ‘Enhancing style and expressing individualism is another reason why shoes have bridged the gap between the sexes.’
      • ‘Their authentic sound bridges the gap between the Jamaican countryside and downtown Montreal.’
      • ‘Differences on key issues could not be bridged.’
      • ‘The theory of empirical ethics attempts to bridge this gap.’
      • ‘Revisit the sound that lifted our spirits and bridged the gap between bubblegum pop and adult-oriented rock.’
      • ‘The gap should also be bridged between heads of departments and principals.’
      • ‘Race, class, culture and geographic divides are bridged by both laughter and fearless treading on touchy subjects.’
      • ‘The World Asthma Day is an attempt to bridge the gap between the patient and physician.’
      • ‘At a grassroots level, this is a great step towards bridging the gap of knowledge.’
      • ‘This article has attempted to show how the gap between educational theory and practice can be bridged.’
      • ‘‘I saw a need and decided to bridge the generation gap,’ she said.’
      • ‘My general point is that the attempt to bridge that gap should be a necessary condition for all philosophizing.’
      • ‘The tour attempts to bridge gaps between college students and the native communities that exist very close to them.’
      • ‘‘I think he was one of the last people who bridged the gap between the old guys and the new guys’.’
      • ‘It's about bridging the gap between the genres.’
      • ‘It was not bridging the gulf that has grown between Europe and the U.S. since the end of the Cold War.’
      • ‘Borderlines vanish in this crossover event, which joins two genres of music bridging a three hundred year gulf.’
      • ‘The gap was bridged, and that was the genesis of my love of acting.’
      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’
      • ‘This could be a bridge too far, even in South Korea.’
      • ‘Threatening physical violence against the host is a bridge too far, it would seem.’
      • ‘But the burqa is, in my opinion, a bridge too far.’
      • ‘That may be a bridge too far in US politics.’
      • ‘Apparently, this group was a bridge too far even for them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Community, whether caustic or politely consensual, has an odd knack of seeming 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.’
      • ‘Of course, for some, that one small step was a bridge too far.’
      1. 1.1Something that is very difficult to achieve.
        ‘that second goal proved 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.’
        • ‘Furthermore, its demand that the states give up their formal sovereignty is still "a bridge too far."’
        • ‘This could easily be a bridge too far for a team currently very much in transition.’
        • ‘That, I suspect, is a bridge too far for the foreseeable future.’
        • ‘The Kyoto Protocol is a bridge too far.’
        • ‘In that sense the application was a bridge too far.’
        • ‘Quite simply last Sunday was a bridge too far without these players on board.’
        • ‘Club fought on valiantly in the second half, but the missing man was always going to prove a bridge too far.’
        • ‘For others, alas, it clearly remains a bridge too far.’
        • ‘Clearly, that will be a bridge too far for the Kiwi batsmen.’
  • burn one's bridges

    • Do something that makes it impossible to return to an earlier state.

      • ‘However, until you are sure, it is best not to burn your boats.’
      • ‘The young Culpeper had irrevocably burnt his bridges as far as returning to Cambridge and completing his training to be a Minister was concerned; the study of medicine was likewise denied to him.’
      • ‘They weren't stupid enough to burn their bridges so kept me involved in the album, which I am eternally grateful for because it paid for my studio.’
      • ‘There, we found all trains were terminating at Skipton and having burned our boats behind us so to speak we took a chance.’
      • ‘A move to Coventry during the 1995-96 season fell flat for Jess, leading to a return back to Aberdeen before ‘burning his bridges’ with his outspoken comments last year.’
      • ‘We're absolutely appalled; these people have burned their bridges with us for good.’
      • ‘Stabbing me right then was the thought that we had burnt our boats on this quest to return to my roots (my great-grandfather had left Italy for England at the height of the industrial revolution) after 25 years of London life.’
      • ‘A with-profits annuity is one way of buying a pension without completely burning your boats.’
      • ‘So I've officially burnt my bridges with old/non-compatible browsers now… a minute's silence please…’
      • ‘I'm thankful I could do that without burning my bridges at Rangers and everyone, from the chairman to the coaches, was honest and straight with me throughout my move.’
  • cross that bridge when one comes to it

    • Deal with a problem when and if it arises.

      • ‘In any case, you'll cross that bridge when you come to it, if you need to.’
      • ‘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 could just say quit your worrying and cross that bridge when you come to it.’
      • ‘Waiting to cross that bridge when you come to it could be disastrous.’
  • 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

/brij/

Main definitions of bridge in English

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bridge2

noun

  • A card game descended from 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.

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

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bridge

/brij/