- Drawbridge Draw"bridge`, n.
A bridge of which either the whole or a part is made to be
raised up, let down, or drawn or turned aside, to admit or
hinder communication at pleasure, as before the gate of a
town or castle, or over a navigable river or canal.
Note: The movable portion, or draw, is called, specifically, a bascule, balance, or lifting bridge, a turning, swivel, or swing bridge, or a rolling bridge, according as it turns on a hinge vertically, or on a pivot horizontally, or is pushed on rollers. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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