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bridge 1

 (brĭj)
n.
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.
3.
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 bhrū- in Indo-European roots.]

bridge′a·ble adj.

bridge 2

 (brĭj)
n.
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 birichĭ.]

bridge

(brɪdʒ)
n
1. (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. (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. (Dentistry) Also called: bridgework a dental plate containing one or more artificial teeth that is secured to the surrounding natural teeth
6. (Nautical Terms) a platform athwartships and above the rail, from which a ship is piloted and navigated
7. (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) electronics Also called: bridge circuit 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. (Computer Science) computing a device that connects networks and sends packets between them
11. (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. (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. (Mechanical Engineering) a partition in a furnace or boiler to keep the fuel in place
14. build bridges to promote reconciliation or cooperation between hostile groups or people
15. burn one's bridges See burn119
16. cross a bridge when one comes to it to deal with a problem only when it arises; not to anticipate difficulties
vb (tr)
17. to build or provide a bridge over something; span: to bridge a river.
18. 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]
ˈbridgeable, ˈbridgable adj
ˈbridgeless adj

bridge

(brɪdʒ)
n
(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
[C19: of uncertain origin, but compare Turkish bir-üç (unattested phrase) one-three (said perhaps to refer to the one exposed hand and the three players' hands)]

Bridge

(brɪdʒ)
n
(Biography) Frank. 1879–1941, English composer, esp of chamber music. He taught Benjamin Britten

bridge1

(brɪdʒ)

n., v. bridged, bridg•ing,
adj. n.
1. a structure spanning and providing passage over a river, chasm, road, or the like.
2. a connecting, transitional, or intermediate route, phase, etc.
3. a raised transverse platform from which a power vessel is navigated and that often includes a pilot house.
4. the ridge or upper line of the nose.
5. the part of a pair of eyeglasses that joins the two lenses and spans the nose.
6. an artificial replacement, fixed or removable, of a missing tooth or teeth, supported by adjacent natural teeth or roots.
7. a thin fixed wedge or support raising the strings of a musical instrument above the sounding board.
8. a transitional modulatory passage connecting sections of a musical composition.
9. a transitional passage as in a literary work.
10. an electrical circuit or device for measuring resistance, capacitance, inductance, or impedance. Compare Wheatstone bridge.
11. a gantry over a railroad track for supporting waterspouts, signals, etc.
12.
a. the arch formed by the hand and fingers to support the striking end of a billiards or pool cue.
b. a notched piece of wood with a long handle used to support the striking end of a cue.
13. a gallery or platform that can be raised or lowered over a stage for use by technical crew members.
14. a valence bond connecting two parts of a molecule.
v.t.
15. to make a bridge or passage over; span.
16. to join by or as if by a bridge.
17. to make (a way) by a bridge.
adj.
18. (esp. of clothing) less expensive than a manufacturer's most expensive products.
[before 1000; Middle English brigge, Old English brycg, c. Old Saxon bruggia, Old High German brucca, Old Norse bryggja]
bridge′a•ble, adj.

bridge2

(brɪdʒ)

n.
a card game derived from whist in which one partnership plays to fulfill a certain declaration against an opposing partnership.
[1885–90; earlier also sp. britch, biritch; of obscure orig.]

bridge


Past participle: bridged
Gerund: bridging

Imperative
bridge
bridge
Present
I bridge
you bridge
he/she/it bridges
we bridge
you bridge
they bridge
Preterite
I bridged
you bridged
he/she/it bridged
we bridged
you bridged
they bridged
Present Continuous
I am bridging
you are bridging
he/she/it is bridging
we are bridging
you are bridging
they are bridging
Present Perfect
I have bridged
you have bridged
he/she/it has bridged
we have bridged
you have bridged
they have bridged
Past Continuous
I was bridging
you were bridging
he/she/it was bridging
we were bridging
you were bridging
they were bridging
Past Perfect
I had bridged
you had bridged
he/she/it had bridged
we had bridged
you had bridged
they had bridged
Future
I will bridge
you will bridge
he/she/it will bridge
we will bridge
you will bridge
they will bridge
Future Perfect
I will have bridged
you will have bridged
he/she/it will have bridged
we will have bridged
you will have bridged
they will have bridged
Future Continuous
I will be bridging
you will be bridging
he/she/it will be bridging
we will be bridging
you will be bridging
they will be bridging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bridging
you have been bridging
he/she/it has been bridging
we have been bridging
you have been bridging
they have been bridging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bridging
you will have been bridging
he/she/it will have been bridging
we will have been bridging
you will have been bridging
they will have been bridging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bridging
you had been bridging
he/she/it had been bridging
we had been bridging
you had been bridging
they had been bridging
Conditional
I would bridge
you would bridge
he/she/it would bridge
we would bridge
you would bridge
they would bridge
Past Conditional
I would have bridged
you would have bridged
he/she/it would have bridged
we would have bridged
you would have bridged
they would have bridged

bridge

1. Position of the hand on which the cue rests.
2. Position of the hand on which the cue rests.
3. Position of the hand on which the cue rests.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bridge - a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.bridge - a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
Bailey bridge - a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
cantilever bridge - bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
cattle grid, cattle guard - a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
covered bridge - a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
drawbridge, lift bridge - a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
footbridge, overcrossing, pedestrian bridge - a bridge designed for pedestrians
flyover, overpass - bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
pier - a support for two adjacent bridge spans
bateau bridge, floating bridge, pontoon bridge - a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
rope bridge - a bridge consisting of ropes
steel arch bridge - a steel bridge constructed in the form of an arch
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
suspension bridge - a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are anchored at both ends
toll bridge - a bridge where toll is charged for crossing
transportation, transportation system, transit - a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
trestle - a supporting tower used to support a bridge
trestle bridge - a bridge supported by trestlework
truss bridge - a bridge supported by trusses
viaduct - bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
2.bridge - a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected
circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit - an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
Wheatstone bridge - a bridge used to measure resistances
3.bridge - something resembling a bridge in form or function; "his letters provided a bridge across the centuries"
connection, connexion, connectedness - a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); "there was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"
4.bridge - the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose; "her glasses left marks on the bridge of her nose"
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
nasal bone, os nasale, nasal - an elongated rectangular bone that forms the bridge of the nose
nose, olfactory organ - the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals; "he has a cold in the nose"
5.bridge - any of various card games based on whist for four players
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
bridge whist - the earliest form of bridge; the dealer could name the trump suit
auction, auction bridge - a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
contract bridge, contract - a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
trumping, ruff - (card games) the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit
major suit - (bridge) a suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts
minor suit - ( bridge) a suit of inferior scoring value, either diamonds or clubs
stopper - (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit; "if my partner has a spade stopper I can bid no trump"
bidding, bid - (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
contract, declaration - (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
takeout - (bridge) a bid that asks your partner to bid another suit
overcall, overbid - (bridge) a bid that is higher than your opponent's bid (especially when your partner has not bid at all and your bid exceeds the value of your hand)
slam, sweep - winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
raise - bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
declare - designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand
outbid - bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled
overbid - to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,
preempt - make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
6.bridge - a wooden support that holds the strings up
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
7.bridge - a denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth
dental plate, denture, plate - a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
8.bridge - the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
linkup, tie-in, link, tie - a fastener that serves to join or connect; "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction"
eyeglasses, glasses, specs, spectacles - optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
9.bridge - an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain standsbridge - an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
conning tower - a raised bridge on a submarine; often used for entering and exiting
fly bridge, flybridge, flying bridge, monkey bridge - the highest navigational bridge on a ship; a small (often open) deck above the pilot house
pilothouse, wheelhouse - an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
upper deck - a higher deck
Verb1.bridge - connect or reduce the distance between
connect, link, link up, tie - connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms"
bridge over, tide over, keep going - suffice for a period between two points; "This money will keep us going for another year"
2.bridge - make a bridge across; "bridge a river"
bring together, join - cause to become joined or linked; "join these two parts so that they fit together"
3.bridge - cross over on a bridge
cross, cut across, cut through, get over, traverse, pass over, get across, track, cover - travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"

bridge

noun
1. arch, span, viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass He walked over the railway bridge.
2. link, tie, bond, connection They saw themselves as a bridge to peace.
verb
1. span, cross, go over, cross over, traverse, reach across, extend across, arch over a tree used to bridge the river
2. reconcile, unite, resolve, overcome She bridged the gap between pop music and opera.
reconcile separate, split, divide, widen, sever, keep apart, sunder
Related words
adjective pontine

Bridges

Bridges  Brooklyn Bridge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Forth Railway Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Halfpenny Bridge, Humber Bridge, London Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Oakland Bay Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, Rialto Bridge, Severn Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, Skye Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tower Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge
Types of bridge  aqueduct, Bailey bridge, balance, bascule, or counterpoise bridge, box-girder bridge, cable-stayed bridge, cantilever bridge, clapper bridge, deck bridge, drawbridge, flyover, footbridge, pivot, swing, or turn bridge, pontoon bridge, snow bridge, suspension bridge, truss bridge, turn bridge, viaduct
Translations
brug
جِسْرقَصَبَةُ الأنْفمُشط الكَمانيَبْني جِسْرايَتَغَلَّبُ عَلى، يَجْسُرُ
мост
pont
mostmůstekpostavit mostpřeklenoutpřemostit
brobrydebygge bro overkommandobronæseben
ponto
puentebridgecaballeteconstruir/tender un puentellenar
sild
پل
siltahammassiltakomentosiltanenän selkä
पुल
most
hídhidat építnyeregorrnyeregáthidal
jembatan
brúbrúafylla upp ínefhryggurstóll, söîull
다리
pons
tiltastiltelisužpildytikapitono tiltelisnosikaulis
tiltsuzcelt tiltu pārvirsdeguneaizpildītkomandtilts
brugbridge
mostmostekmostek kapitańskibrydżgrzbiet
mostmostíkpremostiť
mostmostičekpremostitibridž
капетански мостићмостпротезаћуприја
brobryggabridge
daraja
สะพาน
köprüüstüne köprü yapmakburun kemiğidestekdoldurmak
містмости
cầu

bridge

1 [brɪdʒ]
A. N
1. (gen) → puente m (also Mus)
to build a bridge between two communities (fig) → crear un vínculo (de unión) entre dos comunidades
we must rebuild our bridges (fig) → tenemos que restablecer las relaciones
to burn one's bridgesquemar las naves
we'll cross that bridge when we come to ittrataremos ese problema en su momento
don't cross your bridges before you come to themno adelantes los acontecimientos
much water has flowed under the bridge since thenmucho ha llovido desde entonces
2. (Naut) → puente m de mando
3. [of nose] → caballete m; [of spectacles] → puente m
4. (Dentistry) → puente m
B. VTtender un puente sobre
to bridge a gap (fig) → llenar un vacío
C. CPD bridge building Nconstrucción f de puentes (fig) → restablecimiento m de relaciones

bridge

2 [brɪdʒ]
A. N (Cards) → bridge m
B. CPD bridge party Nreunión f de bridge
bridge player Njugador(a) m/f de bridge
bridge roll N tipo de bollo pequeño y alargado

bridge

[ˈbrɪdʒ]
n
(over railway, river, road)pont m
a suspension bridge → un pont suspendu
to burn one's bridges → brûler les ponts
(between people)lien m
[ship] → passerelle f (de commandement)
[nose] → arête f
(= game) → bridge m
to play bridge → jouer au bridge
(dental)bridge m
vt
[+ river] → construire un pont sur
[+ gap, gulf, differences] → comblerbridge-building [ˈbrɪdʒbɪldɪŋ] n (= reconciliation) → efforts mpl de rapprochement

bridge

:
bridge bond
n (Chem) → Brückenbindung f
bridge-building
nBrückenbau m
bridgehead
nBrückenkopf m; to establish a bridgeeinen Brückenkopf errichten
bridgehouse
nBrückenhaus nt
bridge roll
bridgework
n (Dentistry) → Zahnbrücken pl; (of individual) → Zahnbrücke f

bridge

1
n
(lit, fig)Brücke f; to build bridges (fig)Brücken schlagen; that’s all water under the bridge (fig)das ist alles Schnee von gestern; don’t cross your bridges before you come to them (fig)lass die Dinge einfach auf dich zukommen
(Naut) → (Kommando)brücke f
(of nose)Sattel m; (of spectacles, violin)Steg m
(Dentistry) → Brücke f
(Billiards) → Steg m
vt river, railwayeine Brücke schlagen or bauen über (+acc); (fig)überbrücken; to bridge the gap (fig)die Zeit überbrücken; (between people) → die Kluft überbrücken

bridge

2
n (Cards) → Bridge nt

bridge

1 [brɪdʒ]
1. n (gen) (Dentistry) → ponte m (Naut) → ponte di comando, plancia
bridge of the nose → setto nasale
2. vtgettare un ponte su
to bridge a gap (fig) (in knowledge) → colmare una lacuna (in budget) → colmare un disavanzo

bridge

2 [brɪdʒ] n (Cards) → bridge m inv

bridge

(bridʒ) noun
1. a structure carrying a road or railway over a river etc.
2. the narrow raised platform for the captain of a ship.
3. the bony part (of the nose).
4. the support of the strings of a violin etc.
verb
1. to build a bridge over. They bridged the stream.
2. to close a gap, pause etc. He bridged the awkward silence with a funny remark.

bridge

جِسْر most bro Brücke γέφυρα puente silta pont most ponte 다리 brug bro most ponte мост bro สะพาน köprü cầu

bridge

n. puente; [dental];
___ abutmentpilar de___, anclaje.

bridge

n (dent, etc.) puente m; — of the nose puente nasal or de la nariz
References in classic literature ?
They are wild to see the river, sketch the broken bridge, and copy some of the things they admire in my book.
They crossed a bridge that ran over a tiny stream and passed another vacant lot in which corn grew.
I crossed the bridge and went upstream along the wooded shore to a pleasant dressing-room I knew among the dogwood bushes, all overgrown with wild grapevines.
The rocky island and the two caverns are known to every traveler, since the former sustains the pier of a bridge, which is now thrown across the river, immediately above the fall.
is creeping over the bridge of his nose, towards the would-be chief-magistrate's wide-open eyes
Over a deep black part of the stream, not far from the church, was formerly thrown a wooden bridge; the road that led to it, and the bridge itself, were thickly shaded by overhanging trees, which cast a gloom about it, even in the daytime; but occasioned a fearful darkness at night.
But soon the fore part of him slowly rose from the water; for an instant his whole marbleized body formed a high arch, like Virginia's Natural Bridge, and warningly waving his bannered flukes in the air, the grand god revealed himself, sounded, and went out of sight.
We went along merrily till we came to the toll-bar and the low wooden bridge.
Here and there would be a bridge crossing a filthy creek, with hard-baked mud shores and dingy sheds and docks along it; here and there would be a railroad crossing, with a tangle of switches, and locomotives puffing, and rattling freight cars filing by; here and there would be a great factory, a dingy building with innumerable windows in it, and immense volumes of smoke pouring from the chimneys, darkening the air above and making filthy the earth beneath.
Missis wouldn't hear of our ridin' the critters over Lizy's bridge tonight;" and, with a facetious poke into Andy's ribs, he started off, followed by the latter, at full speed,--their shouts of laughter coming faintly on the wind.
Another man started up; the bridging bough was detected, and a volunteer started up the tree that furnished the bridge.
I used to sit for hours in my glass cage, watching the long, narrow rafts slip along through the central channel, grazing the right-bank dike and aiming carefully for the middle arch of the stone bridge below; I watched them in this way, and lost all this time hoping to see one of them hit the bridge-pier and wreck itself sometime or other, but was always disappointed.