n. Any structure which spans a body of water, or a valley, road, or the like, and affords passage or conveyance.n. The upper line or ridge of the nose, formed by the junction of the two nasal bones.n. In engraving, a board resting on end-cleats, on which the engraver rests his hand in working.n. A wall, generally made of fire-brick, which is built at both ends of a reverberatory furnace, to a certain height, in order to isolate the space in which the metallurgical operation is conducted.n. In gunnery, the two pieces of timber which connect the two transoms of a gun-carriage.n. In metallurgy, the platform or staging by which ore, fuel, etc., are conveyed to the mouth of a smelting-furnace.n. That part of a stringed musical instrument over which the strings are stretched, and by which they are raised above the sounding-board.n. Nautical, a raised platform extending from side to side of a steamship above the rail, forward of amidships, for the use and convenience of the officer in charge.n. A metal bar supported at one or both ends of a watch-plate, and forming a bearing for a part of the works.n. The balance-rynd of a millstone.n. In car-building, a timber, bar, or beam which is supported at each end.n. In euchre, a position where one side has scored four points and the other only one.n. In electricity, an apparatus for measuring the resistance of a conductor, the arrangement of whose parts bears some resemblance to a bridge. A common form is called Wheat-stone's bridge, from the inventor. See resistance.To build a bridge or bridges on or over; span with a bridge: as, to bridge a river.To make a bridge or bridges for.Figuratively, to span or get over; serve as or make a way of passing or overcoming: as, conversation bridged the intervals of the play; to bridge over a difficulty.To shorten; abridge.n. An arrangement of circuits, electric or magnetic, whereby the bridge circuit connects from a point or one circuit to a point of another circuit, and thereby permits a comparison of the parts of the two circuits.n. In billiards: A notched piece of wood, attached to a long handle, used as a support for the cue when the ball is in such a position that the hand cannot conveniently be used as a rest.n. The thumb and forefinger used as a rest over which the billiard-cue glides. The best players now use the hooked fore-finger, infolding the small end of the cue.n. In mathematics, the crossing-place of two sheets of a Riemann's surface.n. A narrow-railed, movable plank extending across the flies of a theater: used in raising angels, fairies, etc., in spectacular plays, and worked by ropes and pulleys from the gridiron.n. A platform or scaffold hung by ropes, used by mechanics in painting or finishing walls.n. An arched easting fastened to the cover of a pump which guides the free end of the plunger or piston-rod.n. In mining: A platform on wheels running on rails for covering the mouth of a shaft or slope.n. A track or platform which passes over an inclined haulage-way and can be raised out of the way of ascending and descending cars.n. An air-crossing.n. A narrow strip, placed across an opening, for supporting something without closing too much of the opening. Also bridge-bar, bridge-piece.n. In a Dow composing-machine, the place on the raceway where the justification of a line of characters begins.n. The uppermost bridge, particularly in war-ships, of light construction, supported from below by open framework.In card-playing, to bend (a card) so that a confederate can cut the pack wherever the bent card is placed.In wrestling, to make a bridge of the body by pressing the head and feet on the ground and bowing up the back, to prevent the opponent from securing a fall.n. A card game for four players, a variant of whist, called also (originally) bridge whist.