3. To find a way of getting over, as a difficulty; generally with over.
Origin: Bridged; Bridging.
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.
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 ass, bascule, Bateau. Bridge of a steamer, 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 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 pontoon. Skew bridge, a bridge built obliquely from bank to bank, as sometimes required in railway engineering. Suspension bridge. See 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.
(Science: physics) wheatstones bridge, 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.
Origin: oe. Brig, brigge, brug, brugge, as. Brycg, bricg; akin to Fries. Bregge, D. Brug, OHG. Bruccu, g. Brucke, Icel. Bryggja pier, bridge, Sw. Brygga, dan. Brygge, and prob. Icel. Br bridge, Sw. & dan. Bro bridge, pavement, and possibly to E. Brow.
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