bridge

A bridge is what gets you from one side of the river to the other. A bridge connects things. The bridge of your nose connects your nose to your head — it's where the bridge of your eyeglasses rests.

If you insult your boss and quit your job, you've "burned your bridges" — you can’t go back. If you're not going to worry yourself about a possible problem, you can say "I'll cross that bridge when I get to it." The vertical piece that holds the strings up on a violin, guitar, or other stringed instrument is also a bridge, and in a song, the bridge is the part between a verse and the chorus — the transition between them.

Definitions of bridge
  1. noun
    a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
    synonyms: span
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    Angostura Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Orinoco River at Ciudad Bolivar
    Baton Rouge Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the Mississippi at Baton Rouge
    Bayonne Bridge
    a steel arch bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island at Bayonne, New Jersey
    Benjamin Franklin Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    Bosporus Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Bosporus at Istanbul
    Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City
    Brooklyn Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City; opened in 1883
    Commodore John Barry Bridge
    a cantilever bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania
    Delaware Memorial Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
    George Washington Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey
    Golden Gate Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Golden Gate
    Greater New Orleans Bridge
    twin cantilever bridges across the Mississippi at New Orleans
    Humber Bridge
    a suspension bridge at Hull, England; 4,626 feet long
    Kammon Strait Bridge
    a suspension bridge between Kyushu and Honshu
    Mackinac Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the channel between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan
    Minato Ohashi Bridge
    cantilever bridge at Osaka, Japan
    New River Gorge Bridge
    a steel arch bridge across New River at Fayetteville, West Virginia
    Pierre Laporte Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec
    Ponte 25 de Abril
    a suspension bridge across the Tagus River at Lisbon
    Quebec Bridge
    a cantilever bridge in Quebec
    Queensboro Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the East River between Manhattan and Queens
    Sydney Harbor Bridge
    a steel arch bridge in Sydney, Australia
    Tacoma Narrows Bridge
    a suspension bridge across Puget Sound at Tacoma
    Tappan Zee Bridge
    a cantilever bridge across the Hudson River
    Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Verrazano Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island
    Walt Whitman Bridge
    a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
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    Bailey bridge
    a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
    cantilever bridge
    bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
    cattle grid, cattle guard
    a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
    covered bridge
    a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
    drawbridge, lift bridge
    a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
    footbridge, overcrossing, pedestrian bridge
    a bridge designed for pedestrians
    flyover, overpass
    bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
    bateau bridge, floating bridge, pontoon bridge
    a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
    rope bridge
    a bridge consisting of ropes
    steel arch bridge
    a steel bridge constructed in the form of an arch
    suspension bridge
    a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are anchored at both ends
    toll bridge
    a bridge where toll is charged for crossing
    trestle bridge
    a bridge supported by trestlework
    truss bridge
    a bridge supported by trusses
    viaduct
    bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
    gangboard, gangplank, gangway
    a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside
    jet bridge
    an extendible bridge for loading passengers onto large commercial airplanes; provides protected access to the plane from the gate
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  2. verb
    make a bridge across
    bridge a river”
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    bring together, join
    cause to become joined or linked
  3. verb
    cross over on a bridge
  4. noun
    something resembling a bridge in form or function
    “his letters provided a bridge across the centuries”
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    connectedness, connection, connexion
    a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)
  5. noun
    a denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth
    synonyms: bridgework
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    dental plate, denture, plate
    a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
  6. noun
    the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
    synonyms: nosepiece
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    link, linkup, tie, tie-in
    a fastener that serves to join or connect
  7. noun
    the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose
    “her glasses left marks on the bridge of her nose”
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  8. noun
    an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
    synonyms: bridge deck
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    conning tower
    a raised bridge on a submarine; often used for entering and exiting
    fly bridge, flybridge, flying bridge, monkey bridge
    the highest navigational bridge on a ship; a small (often open) deck above the pilot house
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    upper deck
    a higher deck
  9. noun
    a wooden support that holds the strings up
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    support
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  10. noun
    a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected
    synonyms: bridge circuit
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    Wheatstone bridge
    a bridge used to measure resistances
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    circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit
    an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
  11. verb
    connect or reduce the distance between
    synonyms: bridge over
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    connect, link, link up, tie
    connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
  12. noun
    any of various card games based on whist for four players
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    bridge whist
    the earliest form of bridge; the dealer could name the trump suit
    auction, auction bridge
    a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
    contract, contract bridge
    a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
    no-trump
    a version of contract bridge in which no suit is designated as trump for the duration of the hand
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    card game, cards
    a game played with playing cards
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