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Topic: BUILDING

Sense: 1-3, 5-8
Origin: Old English brycg
Sense: 4
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: biritch 'bridge' (1800-1900), perhaps from an unrecorded Turkish bir-üç 'one-three'

bridge

1 noun
     
bridge
bridge1 S2 W2
1

over a river/road etc

TB [countable] a structure built over a river, road etc that allows people or vehicles to cross from one side to the other
2

connection

[countable] something that provides a connection between two things [= link]
bridge between/to
The training programme is seen as a bridge between school and work.
a scheme to build bridges (=make a better relationship) between the police and the community
3

ship

TTW [countable usually singular] the raised part of a ship from which the officers control it
4

card game

DGC [uncountable] a card game for four players who play in pairs
5

the bridge of your nose

HBH the upper part of your nose between your eyes
6

pair of glasses

MH [countable usually singular] the part of a pair of glasses that rests on your nose
7

musical instrument

APM [countable usually singular] a small piece of wood under the strings of a violin or guitar, used to keep them in position
8

for teeth

MH [countable] a small piece of metal that keeps false teeth in place by attaching them to your real teeth

➔ burn your bridges

at burn1 (18)

; ➔ cross that bridge when you come to it

at cross1 (10)

; ➔ be (all) water under the bridge

at water1 (6)
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