Definitions for: Bridge

[n] any of various card games based on whist for four players
[n] a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
[n] an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
[n] the link between two lenses; rests on nose
[n] a denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth
[n] a wooden support that holds the strings up
[n] a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected
[n] the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose; "her glasses left marks on the bridge of her nose"
[n] something resembling a bridge in form or function; "his letters provided a bridge across the centuries"
[v] make a bridge across; "bridge a river"
[v] cross over on a bridge
[v] connect or reduce the distance between

Webster (1913) Definition: Bridge, n. [OE. brig, brigge, brug, brugge, AS. brycg,
bricg; akin to Fries. bregge, D. brug, OHG. brucca, G.
br["u]cke, Icel. bryggja pier, bridge, Sw. brygga, Dan.
brygge, and prob. Icel. br[=u] bridge, Sw. & Dan. bro bridge,
pavement, and possibly to E. brow.]
1. A structure, usually of wood, stone, brick, or iron,
erected over a river or other water course, or over a
chasm, railroad, etc., to make a passageway from one bank
to the other.

2. Anything supported at the ends, which serves 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.

3. (Mus.) The small arch or bar at right angles to the
strings of a violin, guitar, etc., serving of raise them
and transmit their vibrations to the body of the

4. (Elec.) A device to measure the resistance of a wire or
other conductor forming part of an electric circuit.

5. A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a
furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; -- usually called a
bridge wall.

Aqueduct bridge. See Aqueduct.

Asses' bridge, Bascule bridge, Bateau bridge. See under
Ass, Bascule, Bateau.

Bridge of a steamer (Naut.), a narrow platform across the
deck, above the rail, for the convenience of the officer
in charge of the ship; in paddlewheel vessels it connects
the paddle boxes.

Bridge of the nose, the upper, bony part of the nose.

Cantalever bridge. See under Cantalever.

Draw bridge. See Drawbridge.

Flying bridge, a temporary bridge suspended or floating, as
for the passage of armies; also, a floating structure
connected by a cable with an anchor or pier up stream, and
made to pass from bank to bank by the action of the
current or other means.

Girder bridge or Truss bridge, a bridge formed by
girders, or by trusses resting upon abutments or piers.

Lattice bridge, a bridge formed by lattice girders.

Pontoon bridge, Ponton bridge. See under Pontoon.

Skew bridge, a bridge built obliquely from bank to bank, as
sometimes required in railway engineering.

Suspension bridge. See under Suspension.

Trestle bridge, a bridge formed of a series of short,
simple girders resting on trestles.

Tubular bridge, a bridge in the form of a hollow trunk or
rectangular tube, with cellular walls made of iron plates
riveted together, as the Britannia bridge over the Menai
Strait, and the Victoria bridge at Montreal.

Wheatstone's bridge (Elec.), a device for the measurement
of resistances, so called because the balance between the
resistances to be measured is indicated by the absence of
a current in a certain wire forming a bridge or connection
between two points of the apparatus; -- invented by Sir
Charles Wheatstone.

Bridge (br[i^]j), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bridged
(br[i^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Bridging.]
1. To build a bridge or bridges on or over; as, to bridge a

Their simple engineering bridged with felled trees
the streams which could not be forded. --Palfrey.

2. To open or make a passage, as by a bridge.

Xerxes . . . over Hellespont Bridging his way,
Europe with Asia joined. --Milton.

3. To find a way of getting over, as a difficulty; --
generally with over.

Bridge, n.
A card game resembling whist.

Note: The trump, if any, is determined by the dealer or his
partner, the value of each trick taken over six being:
for ``no trumps'' 12, hearts 8, diamonds 6, clubs 4,
spades 2. The opponents of the dealer can, after the
trump is declared, double the value of the tricks, in
which case the dealer or his partner can redouble, and
so on. The dealer plays his partner's hand as a dummy.
The side which first reaches or exceeds 30 points
scored for tricks wins a game; the side which first
wins two games wins a rubber. The total score for any
side is the sum of the points scored for tricks, for
rubbers (each of which counts 100), for honors (which
follow a special schedule of value), and for slam,
little slam, and chicane.

Synonyms: bridge circuit, bridge deck, bridge over, bridgework, nosepiece, span

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