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1    a structure that spans and provides a passage over a road, railway, river, or some other obstacle  
2    something that resembles this in shape or function  
his letters provided a bridge across the centuries     
a    the hard ridge at the upper part of the nose, formed by the underlying nasal bones  
b    any anatomical ridge or connecting structure  
   Compare       pons  
4    the part of a pair of glasses that rests on the nose  
5      (Also called)    bridgework   a dental plate containing one or more artificial teeth that is secured to the surrounding natural teeth  
6    a platform athwartships and above the rail, from which a ship is piloted and navigated  
7    a piece of wood, usually fixed, supporting the strings of a violin, guitar, etc., and transmitting their vibrations to the sounding board  
8      (Also called)    bridge passage   a passage in a musical, literary, or dramatic work linking two or more important sections  
9      (Also called)    bridge circuit     (Electronics)   any of several networks, such as a Wheatstone bridge, consisting of two branches across which a measuring device is connected. The resistance, capacitance, etc., of one component can be determined from the known values of the others when the voltage in each branch is balanced  
10      (Billiards, snooker)  
a    a support for a cue made by placing the fingers on the table and raising the thumb  
b    a cue rest with a notched end for shots beyond normal reach  
11      (Theatre)  
a    a platform of adjustable height above or beside the stage for the use of stagehands, light operators, etc  
b      (Chiefly Brit)   a part of the stage floor that can be raised or lowered  
12    a partition in a furnace or boiler to keep the fuel in place  
13    build bridges          to promote reconciliation or cooperation between hostile groups or people  
14    burn one's bridges      See       burn   1       19  
15    cross a bridge when (one) comes to it   to deal with a problem only when it arises; not to anticipate difficulties  
      vb   tr  
16    to build or provide a bridge over something; span  
to bridge a river     
17    to connect or reduce the distance between  
let us bridge our differences     
     (Old English brycg; related to Old Norse bryggja gangway, Old Frisian bregge, Old High German brucka, Danish, Swedish bro)  
  bridgeable      adj  
  bridgeless      adj  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
      vb   , builds, building, built  
1    to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materials  
to build a house     
2    intr   to be a builder by profession  
3    tr   to order the building of  
the government builds most of our hospitals     
4    foll by: on or upon   to base; found  
his theory was not built on facts     
5    tr   to establish and develop  
it took ten years to build a business     
6    tr   to make in a particular way or for a particular purpose  
the car was not built for speed     
7    intr; often foll by: up   to increase in intensity  
the wind was building     
8      (Cards)  
a    to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)  
b    intr   to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand  
9    physical form, figure, or proportions  
a man with an athletic build         See also       build in       build into       build up  
     (Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bol farm, dwelling; see bower1)  

build in  
      vb   tr, adv   to incorporate or construct as an integral part  
to build in safety features     
build into  
      vb   tr, prep   to make (something) a definite part of (a contract, agreement, etc.)  
build up  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to construct gradually, systematically, and in stages  
2    to increase, accumulate, or strengthen, esp. by degrees  
the murmur built up to a roar     
3    intr   to prepare for or gradually approach a climax  
4    tr   to improve the health or physique of (a person)  
5    tr, usually passive   to cover (an area) with buildings  
6    tr   to cause (a person, enterprise, etc.) to become better known; publicize  
they built several actresses up into stars     
7    progressive increase in number, size, etc  
the build-up of industry     
8    a gradual approach to a climax or critical point  
9    extravagant publicity or praise, esp. in the form of a campaign  
10      (Military)   the process of attaining the required strength of forces and equipment, esp. prior to an operation  
      vb   , -builds, -building, -built   tr   to build (houses, flats, etc.) badly using cheap materials  
  jerry-builder      n  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    assemble, construct, erect, fabricate, form, make, put up, raise  
2    base, begin, constitute, establish, formulate, found, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, set up, start  
3    accelerate, amplify, augment, develop, enlarge, escalate, extend, improve, increase, intensify, strengthen  
4    body, figure, form, frame, physique, shape, structure  
,       vb  
1    demolish, dismantle, tear down  
2    end, finish, relinquish, suspend  
3    contract, debilitate, decline, decrease, dilute, harm, impair, lower, reduce, sap, weaken  

1    accumulation, development, enlargement, escalation, expansion, gain, growth, increase  
2    ballyhoo     (informal)   hype, plug     (informal)   promotion, publicity, puff  
3    accretion, accumulation, heap, load, mass, rick, stack, stockpile, store  
build up  
1    add to, amplify, augment, develop, enhance, expand, extend, fortify, heighten, improve, increase, intensify, reinforce, strengthen  
2    advertise, boost, plug     (informal)   promote, publicize, spotlight  

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padlocks that couples lock on a bridge or fence among others to symbolise their love
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