• WordNet 3.6
    • n drawbridge a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In most places, when a drawbridge is open, the only land vehicle that can claim priority over boats is a truck hauling the US mail. This option is seldom if ever exercised, of course.
    • n Drawbridge 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.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drawbridge A bridge which may be drawn up or let down to admit or hinder communication, or to leave a transverse passage free, as before the gate of a town or castle, or over a navigable river. Formerly also called draught-bridge and draught. See draft. Drawbridges, as applied to fortifications, date only from the beginning of the fourteenth century. At first they spanned the foss, joining the gate of the fort or of the advanced work with its outer bank. Later, draw-bridges formed only the inner portion of the platform of the bridge, the outer portion being stationary. The draw-bridge was usually raised by chains attached to levers projecting from the wall at a proper distance above it, which levers were elevated by heavy weights attached to their inner extremities, the wall forming the fulcrum. When raised, the drawbridge formed a barricade before the gate, thus providing a twofold obstacle to the assailant — a chasm and a strengthened barrier.
    • n drawbridge A bridge one or more sections of which can be lifted or moved aside to permit the passage of boats.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Drawbridge a bridge that can be drawn up or let down at pleasure
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A later form of Drag.


In literature:

They rode across a drawbridge over a moat full of water that smelled of rotting things, its surface coated with a green slime.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Then, when all were safely across the little drawbridge, the knight gave the word, and fell back upon his stronghold also.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The drawbridge was being raised.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
I left the dog and cat in the hotel, took one of the rifles with me, and pulled in my drawbridge.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
When you are ready our two companions will approach the drawbridge and join us.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
But, Cassy reflected, two hundred and fifty, with Lennox deducted and less ten per cent, would not take her as far as the drawbridge.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
As soon as he had left the city, Militrisa ordered the drawbridges to be raised and the gates to be shut.
"The Russian Garland" by Various
It had a ditch all around it with a plank drawbridge.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
I Main door with drawbridge.
"The Founder of New France" by Charles W. Colby
I pray you let the drawbridge down, I'm ten years old and I can frown!
"All the Way to Fairyland" by Evelyn Sharp

In poetry:

Loud rung the chains; the drawbridge fell;
The gates asunder flew:
The knight thrice beat the portal bell,
And thrice he call'd "Halloo."
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
She turn'd from her watch on the lonely tower
In haste to reach the hall,
And as she sprang down the winding stair
She heard the drawbridge fall.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
They fight the stubborn tides that swirl
Through drawbridge, channel, slip and reach;
And cheat the angry seas that hurl
The pounding craft on shoal and beach.
"Harbor Tug" by Burt Franklin Jenness
The Castle-turrets seem'd to blaze,
The lightning round them flashing;
The drawbridge now was all on fire,
The moat foam'd high, with furious ire,
Against the black walls dashing.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
And across the green moat on the drawbridge we foamed and we snorted,
And there was a beautiful Queen
Who smiled at me strangely; and spoke to my wild little Horse, too —
A lovely and beautiful Queen;
"Suppose" by Walter de la Mare
"His icy Drawbridge Winter dropped;
The running springs he froze;
The Roads were lost; the hedges crossed;
All field-work ceased through the 'Long Frost.'
But there was one thing never stopped—
That was Grandmother's nose!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey

In news:

View full size Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger A view of the Route 25 drawbridge .
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Construction work on one side of the Route 35 drawbridge over Cheesequake Creek in Middlesex County is done.
Drawbridge is affordable choice.
12/26 (Chatham) More traffic detours can be expected in Chatham this week when work resumes tomorrow on the Mitchell River Drawbridge .
Judge Seeber Bridge motorist 'didn't seem to attempt to stop' before going off drawbridge .
Animal Collective have a habit of oscillating between sweetly melodic accessibility and pull-up-the-drawbridges experimentation.
A young girl is taken to the hospital after falling from the drawbridge of the Castillo de San Marcos on Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
Intruder steals keys to Tower of London drawbridges.
The Granite Avenue drawbridge is back down , according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman.
Normandy Château with a Drawbridge in New Rochelle for $895K, Dobbs Ferry Historic House Tour, Teatown Annual Plant Sale.
"Originally built by a big game hunter for his wife in 1926, this is the only Larchmont Woods Normandy Château with a drawbridge and 40-foot turret," says listing agent Gay Rosen.
Intruder steals keys to Tower of London drawbridges.
Castles usually evoke images of moats and drawbridges, court jesters and thrones -- basically, the stuff of fairy tales.
Lagoon Pond permanent drawbridge project moves forward.
The Florence Bridge in Pike and Scott counties is closed due to problems with the drawbridge's structure.