English

Definition of bridge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    over road/river
  1. 1  [countable] a structure that is built over a road, railway/railroad, river, etc. so that people or vehicles can cross from one side to the other We crossed the bridge over the River Windrush. see also suspension bridge, swing bridge See related entries: Rivers and lakes, Railway tracks and stations, Structures
  2. connection
  3. 2  [countable] a thing that provides a connection or contact between two different things The book serves as a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern science. Cultural exchanges are a way of building bridges between countries.
  4. of ship
  5. 3[countable, usually singular] (also the bridge) the part of a ship where the captain and other officers stand when they are controlling and steering the ship Who was on the bridge when the collision took place? See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  6. card game
  7. 4 [uncountable] a card game for two pairs of players who have to predict how many cards they will win. They score points if they succeed in winning that number of cards and lose points if they fail. see also contract bridge See related entries: Card games
  8. of nose
  9. 5 the bridge of somebody’s nose [singular] the hard part at the top of the nose, between the eyes
  10. of glasses
  11. 6[countable] the part of a pair of glasses that rests on your nose
  12. of guitar/violin
  13. 7[countable] a small piece of wood on a guitar, violin, etc. over which the strings are stretched
  14. false teeth
  15. 8[countable] a false tooth or false teeth, held permanently in place by being fastened to natural teeth on either side
  16. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 and noun senses 5 to 8 Old English brycg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brug and German Brücke. noun sense 4 late 19th cent.: of unknown origin.Extra examples Cross the bridge and turn right into the town. Floods washed away several bridges. I enjoy a game of bridge occasionally. It was windy driving over the bridge. The new bridge will cross the Thames at this point. The road goes under the old bridge. The soldiers built a pontoon bridge across the Euphrates. a bridge over the river driving over a humpback bridgeIdioms
    burn your bridges (British English also burn your boats)
     
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    to do something that makes it impossible to return to the previous situation later Think carefully before you resign—you don't want to burn your bridges.
    cross that bridge when you come to it
     
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    to worry about a problem when it actually happens and not before
    it’s (all) water under the bridge
     
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    used to say that something happened in the past and is now forgotten or no longer important
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bridge