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[draw-brij] /ˈdrɔˌbrɪdʒ/
a bridge of which the whole or a section may be drawn up, let down, or drawn aside, to prevent access or to leave a passage open for boats, barges, etc.
Origin of drawbridge
1300-50; Middle English drawebrigge. See draw, bridge1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drawbridge
  • Draw, for drawbridge, comes down from revolutionary days.
  • Remnants of the structure's drawbridge can still be seen.
  • The building resembles a white stone castle, complete with moat and drawbridge.
  • Still, crossing over the old drawbridge and walking around the ancient stone battlements gives you a great sense of history.
British Dictionary definitions for drawbridge


a bridge that may be raised to prevent access or to enable vessels to pass
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Word Origin and History for drawbridge

14c., from draw (v.) + bridge (n.).

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