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bridge 1

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 bhrū- in Indo-European roots.]

bridge′a·ble adj.

bridge 2

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.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bridgeable - capable of being connected by a bridge or as if by a bridge
unbridgeable - not bridgeable; "a wide unbridgeable river"; "unbridgeable generation gap"
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Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, John Stones, Jack Butland and James Maddison have all shown the gap to be bridgeable pretty quickly.
However, Matt Godden's 90thminute equaliser left the Black Cats fourth in the table and the four-point gap between them and Barnsley was no longer bridgeable with the game in hand, meaning they were relying on the South Yorkshire side to slip up.
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The gap narrowed to a feasibly bridgeable five points.
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Beat Crusaders, who have topped the Danske Bank Premiership since October, and the Reds will close the gap on the champions to a bridgeable six points.
The remaining differences in the first three chapters are considered bridgeable while on property, 22 categories of property ownership have been locked in.