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bridge 1  (brj)
1. A structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier, such as a river or roadway.
2. Something resembling or analogous to this structure in form or function: a land bridge between the continents; a bridge of understanding between two countries.
a. The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
b. The part of a pair of eyeglasses that rests against this ridge.
4. A fixed or removable replacement for one or several but not all of the natural teeth, usually anchored at each end to a natural tooth.
5. Music
a. A thin, upright piece of wood in some stringed instruments that supports the strings above the soundboard.
b. A transitional passage connecting two subjects or movements.
6. Nautical A crosswise platform or enclosed area above the main deck of a ship from which the ship is controlled.
7. Games
a. A long stick with a notched plate at one end, used to steady the cue in billiards. Also called rest1.
b. The hand used as a support to steady the cue.
8. Electricity
a. Any of various instruments for measuring or comparing the characteristics, such as impedance or inductance, of a conductor.
b. An electrical shunt.
9. Chemistry An intramolecular connection that spans atoms or groups of atoms.
tr.v. bridged, bridg·ing, bridg·es
1. To build a bridge over.
2. To cross by or as if by a bridge.

[Middle English brigge, from Old English brycg; see bhr- in Indo-European roots.]

bridgea·ble adj.

bridge 2  (brj)
Any of several card games derived from whist, usually played by four people in two partnerships, in which trump is determined by bidding and the hand opposite the declarer is played as a dummy.

[From earlier biritch (influenced by bridge), from Russian birich, a call, from Old Russian birich.]

Bridge [brɪdʒ]
(Biographies / Bridge, Frank (1879-1941) M, English, MUSIC: composer) Frank. 1879-1941, English composer, esp of chamber music. He taught Benjamin Britten

1. (Engineering / Civil Engineering) a structure that spans and provides a passage over a road, railway, river, or some other obstacle
2. something that resembles this in shape or function his letters provided a bridge across the centuries
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy)
a.  the hard ridge at the upper part of the nose, formed by the underlying nasal bones
b.  any anatomical ridge or connecting structure Compare pons
4. the part of a pair of glasses that rests on the nose
5. (Medicine / Dentistry) Also called bridgework a dental plate containing one or more artificial teeth that is secured to the surrounding natural teeth
6. (Transport / Nautical Terms) a platform athwartships and above the rail, from which a ship is piloted and navigated
7. (Music / Instruments) a piece of wood, usually fixed, supporting the strings of a violin, guitar, etc., and transmitting their vibrations to the sounding board
8. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Also called bridge passage a passage in a musical, literary, or dramatic work linking two or more important sections
9. (Electronics) Also called bridge circuit Electronics any of several networks, such as a Wheatstone bridge, consisting of two branches across which a measuring device is connected. The resistance, capacitance, etc., of one component can be determined from the known values of the others when the voltage in each branch is balanced
10. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a device that connects networks and sends packets between them
11. (Group Games / Billiards & Snooker) Billiards Snooker
a.  a support for a cue made by placing the fingers on the table and raising the thumb
b.  a cue rest with a notched end for shots beyond normal reach
12. (Performing Arts / Theatre) Theatre
a.  a platform of adjustable height above or beside the stage for the use of stagehands, light operators, etc
b.  Chiefly Brit a part of the stage floor that can be raised or lowered
13. (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) a partition in a furnace or boiler to keep the fuel in place
build bridges to promote reconciliation or cooperation between hostile groups or people
burn ones bridges See burn1 [19]
cross a bridge when (one) comes to it to deal with a problem only when it arises; not to anticipate difficulties
vb (tr)
1. to build or provide a bridge over something; span to bridge a river
2. to connect or reduce the distance between let us bridge our differences
[Old English brycg; related to Old Norse bryggja gangway, Old Frisian bregge, Old High German brucka, Danish, Swedish bro]
bridgeable  adj
bridgeless  adj

(Group Games / Bridge) a card game for four players, based on whist, in which one hand (the dummy) is exposed and the trump suit decided by bidding between the players See also contract bridge, duplicate bridge, rubber bridge, auction bridge
[of uncertain origin, but compare Turkish bir-?? (unattested phrase) one-three (said perhaps to refer to the one exposed hand and the three players hands)]

bridge  (brj)
A structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier, such as a river or roadway.
top to bottom: suspension, through truss, cantilever, and steel arch bridge profiles

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