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1. Colloquially, a short suspension bridge across a creek or small river. Generally, such bridges were built without benefit of engineering help and from whatever appropriate materials could be found locally.
2. An alternative to a drawbridge. In this case, a section of the bridge pivoted on a single pier and could be rotated horizontally to allow boat passage on either side of the pier.
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