1. (n.) A structure, usually of wood, stone, brick, or iron, erected over a river or other water course, or over a chasm, railroad, etc., to make a passageway from one bank to the other.

2. (n.) Anything supported at the ends, which serves to keep some other thing from resting upon the object spanned, as in engraving, watchmaking, etc., or which forms a platform or staging over which something passes or is conveyed.

3. (n.) The small arch or bar at right angles to the strings of a violin, guitar, etc., serving of raise them and transmit their vibrations to the body of the instrument.

4. (n.) A device to measure the resistance of a wire or other conductor forming part of an electric circuit.

5. (n.) A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; -- usually called a bridge wall.

6. (v. t.) To build a bridge or bridges on or over; as, to bridge a river.

7. (v. t.) To open or make a passage, as by a bridge.

8. (v. t.) To find a way of getting over, as a difficulty; -- generally with over.

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