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bridge1 noun 1 a structure that spans a river, road, railway, valley, ravine or other obstacle, providing a continuous route across it for pedestrians, motor vehicles or trains. See also cantilever bridge, suspension bridge. 2 anything that joins or connects two separate things or parts of something, or that connects across a gap. 3 on a ship: the narrow raised platform from which the captain and officers direct its course. 4 the hard bony upper part of the nose. 5 in a pair of spectacles: the part of the frame that rests on the bridge of the nose, connecting the two lenses. 6 on a violin, or guitar, etc: a thin, movable, upright piece of wood, etc which supports the strings and keeps them stretched tight. 7 dentistry a fixed replacement for one or more missing teeth, consisting of a partial denture that is permanently secured to one or more adjacent natural teeth. Also called bridgework. 8 elec engineering a type of electrical circuit for measuring resistance, etc. 9 billiards, snooker, etc a raised support with a long handle, on which the end of the cue2 can be rested, eg when playing an awkward shot. verb (bridged, bridging) 1 to form or build a bridge over (eg a river or railway). 2 to make a connection across something, or close the two sides of (a gap, etc) managed to bridge our differences. 3 elec engineering to make an electrical connection. bridgeable adj. cross a bridge when one comes to it to deal with a problem when it arises and not before.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon brycg.
bridge2 noun, cards a game which developed from whist1, for four people playing in pairs, in which the partner of the player who declares trumps (the declarer) lays down their cards face upwards, for the declarer to play them. See also auction bridge, contract bridge.
ETYMOLOGY: 19c, when it was known also as bridge whist or biritch.
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