Definitions for: Drawbridge

[n] a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it

Webster (1913) Definition: Draw"bridge`, n.
A bridge of which either the whole or a part is made to be
raised up, let down, or drawn or turned aside, to admit or
hinder communication at pleasure, as before the gate of a
town or castle, or over a navigable river or canal.

Note: The movable portion, or draw, is called, specifically,
a bascule, balance, or lifting bridge, a turning,
swivel, or swing bridge, or a rolling bridge, according
as it turns on a hinge vertically, or on a pivot
horizontally, or is pushed on rollers.

Synonyms: lift bridge

See Also: bridge, span

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