bascule

[bas-kyool]
noun Civil Engineering.
a device operating like a balance or seesaw, especially an arrangement of a movable bridge (bascule bridge) by which the rising floor or section is counterbalanced by a weight.

Origin:
1670–80; French: name for a number of seesawlike mechanical devices, Middle French bacule, noun derivative of baculer to strike on the buttocks (probably orig., to land on one's buttocks), equivalent to bas down (see base2) + -culer, verbal derivative of cul rump, buttocks (see culet); -s- by false analysis as bas(se) adj. + cule taken as a feminine noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To bascule
Collins
World English Dictionary
bascule (ˈbæskjuːl)
 
n
1.  Compare drawbridge balance bridge, Also called: counterpoise bridge a bridge with a movable section hinged about a horizontal axis and counterbalanced by a weight
2.  a movable roadway forming part of such a bridge: Tower Bridge has two bascules
 
[C17: from French: seesaw, from bas low + cul rump; see base², culet]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The single-bascule leaf not under repair will continue to open for vessels.
Bascule-In layman's terms, the bascule is a drawbridge.
The project included the entire bascule: all of the steel on the south end and the steel-only portions of the north end.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature