|1.||a structure that spans and provides a passage over a road, railway, river, or some other obstacle|
|2.||something that resembles this in shape or function: his letters provided a bridge across the centuries|
|3.||a. the hard ridge at the upper part of the nose, formed by the underlying nasal bones|
|b. Compare pons any anatomical ridge or connecting structure|
|4.||the part of a pair of glasses that rests on the nose|
|5.||Also called: bridgework a dental plate containing one or more artificial teeth that is secured to the surrounding natural teeth|
|6.||a platform athwartships and above the rail, from which a ship is piloted and navigated|
|7.||a piece of wood, usually fixed, supporting the strings of a violin, guitar, etc, and transmitting their vibrations to the sounding board|
|8.||Also called: bridge passage a passage in a musical, literary, or dramatic work linking two or more important sections|
|9.||electronics Also called: bridge circuit any of several networks, such as a Wheatstone bridge, consisting of two branches across which a measuring device is connected. The resistance, capacitance, etc, of one component can be determined from the known values of the others when the voltage in each branch is balanced|
|10.||computing a device that connects networks and sends packets between them|
|a. a support for a cue made by placing the fingers on the table and raising the thumb|
|b. a cue rest with a notched end for shots beyond normal reach|
|a. a platform of adjustable height above or beside the stage for the use of stagehands, light operators, etc|
|b. chiefly (Brit) a part of the stage floor that can be raised or lowered|
|13.||a partition in a furnace or boiler to keep the fuel in place|
|14.||build bridges to promote reconciliation or cooperation between hostile groups or people|
|15.||burn one's bridges See burn|
|16.||cross a bridge when one comes to it to deal with a problem only when it arises; not to anticipate difficulties|
|17.||to build or provide a bridge over something; span: to bridge a river|
|18.||to connect or reduce the distance between: let us bridge our differences|
|[Old English brycg; related to Old Norse bryggja gangway, Old Frisian bregge, Old High German brucka, Danish, Swedish bro]|
|contract bridge duplicate bridge rubber bridge See also auction bridge a card game for four players, based on whist, in which one hand (the dummy) is exposed and the trump suit decided by bidding between the players|
|[C19: of uncertain origin, but compare Turkish bir-üç (unattested phrase) one-three (said perhaps to refer to the one exposed hand and the three players' hands)]|
An anatomical structure resembling a bridge or span.
The upper part of the ridge of the nose formed by the nasal bones.
A fixed or removable replacement for one or several but not all of the natural teeth, usually anchored at each end to a natural tooth.
One of the threads of protoplasm that appears to pass from one cell to another.
see burn one's bridges; cross that bridge when one comes to it; water over the dam (under the bridge).