Pronunciation Noun

bridge (plural bridges)

  1. A construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
    1. A construction spanning a waterway, ravine, or valley from an elevated height, allowing for the passage of vehicles, pedestrians, trains, etc.
      The rope bridge crosses the river.
    2. (anatomy) The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
      Rugby players often break the bridge of their noses.
    3. (dentistry) A prosthesis replacing one or several adjacent teeth.
      The dentist pulled out the decayed tooth and put in a bridge.
    4. (bowling) The gap between the holes on a bowling ball
  2. An arch or superstructure.
    1. (nautical) An elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.
      The first officer is on the bridge.
    2. (music, lutherie) The piece, on string instruments, that supports the strings from the sounding board.
    3. (billiards, snooker, pool) A particular form of one hand placed on the table to support the cue when making a shot in cue sports.
    4. (billiards, snooker, pool) A cue modified with a convex arch-shaped notched head attached to the narrow end, used to support a player's (shooter's) cue for extended or tedious shots. Also called a spider.
    5. Anything supported at the ends and serving to keep some other thing from resting upon the object spanned, as in engraving, watchmaking, etc., or which forms a platform or staging over which something passes or is conveyed.
    6. (wrestling) A defensive position in which the wrestler is supported by his feet and head, belly-up, in order to prevent touch-down of the shoulders and eventually to dislodge an opponent who has established a position on top.
    7. (gymnastics) A similar position in gymnastics.
  3. A connection, real or abstract.
    1. (medicine) A rudimentary procedure before definite solution
      ECMO is used as a bridge to surgery to stabilize the patient.
    2. (computing) A device which connects two or more computer buses, typically in a transparent manner.
      This chip is the bridge between the front-side bus and the I/O bus.
    3. (programming) A software component connecting two or more separate systems.
      • 2011, Thord Daniel Hedengren, Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful
        The plugin also acts as a bridge with BuddyPress and adds things like the top admin bar, and so on.
    4. (networking) A system which connects two or more local area networks at layer 2 of OSI model.
      The LAN bridge uses a spanning tree algorithm.
    5. (chemistry) An intramolecular valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.
    6. (electronics) An unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.
    7. (music) A song contained within another song, often demarcated by meter, key, or melody.
      The lyrics in the song's bridge inverted its meaning.
    8. (graph theory) An edge which, if removed, changes a connected graph to one that is not connected.
    9. (poetry) A point in a line where a break in a word unit cannot occur.
    10. (diplomacy) A statement, such as an offer, that signals a possibility of accord.
    11. A day falling between two public holidays and consequently designated as an additional holiday.
  4. (electronics) Any of several electrical devices that measure characteristics such as impedance and inductance by balancing different parts of a circuit
  5. A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; a bridge wall.
  6. (cycling) The situation where a lone rider or small group of riders closes the space between them and the rider or group in front.
  7. A solid crust of undissolved salt in a water softener.
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  • French: pont
  • Spanish: pasarela
  • Russian: мо́стик
Translations Translations Verb

bridge (bridges, present participle bridging; past and past participle bridged)

  1. To be or make a bridge over something.
    With enough cable, we can bridge this gorge.
  2. To span as if with a bridge.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, gbooks :
      The brooding, black-clad singer bridged a stark divide that emerged in the recording industry in the 1950s, as post-Elvis pop singers diverged into two camps and audiences aligned themselves with either the sideburned rebels of rock 'n' roll or the cowboy-hatted twangsters of country music.
    The two groups were able to bridge their differences.
  3. (music) To transition from one piece or section of music to another without stopping.
    We need to bridge that jam into "The Eleven".
  4. (computing, communication) To connect two or more computer buses, networks etc. with a bridge.
  5. (wrestling) To go to the bridge position.
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  • French: fondre
  • German: überwechseln
Translations Noun

bridge (uncountable)

  1. (card games) A card game played with four players playing as two teams of two players each.
    Bidding is an essential element of the game of bridge.
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A village in Kent, England.

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