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swing bridge

a bridge that can open by pivoting on a central pier to let vessels pass.
Origin of swing bridge
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Let us get out over the swing-bridge, and reach the Etoille bars, where three hundred of the horse-guards await us.

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • The Indus is crossed by a swing-bridge of willow twigs, which leads from the villages on the north bank to the fort of Rondu.

  • Stopped at Varennes, the would-be fugitives were led back to the palace across the swing-bridge on the south-western side.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for swing-bridge

swing bridge

Also called pivot bridge, turn bridge. a low bridge that can be rotated about a vertical axis, esp to permit the passage of ships Compare drawbridge
(NZ) a pedestrian bridge over a river, suspended by heavy wire cables
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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