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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bridge
  1. 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. 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. [Mus] 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. [Elec] A device to measure the resistance of a wire or other conductor forming part of an electric circuit.
  5. A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; -- usually called a bridge wall.

Etymology: OE. brig brigge brug brugge, AS. brycg bricg; akin to Fries. bregge, D. brug, OHG. brucca, G. brücke, Icel. bryggja pier, bridge, Sw. brygga, Dan. brygge, and prob. Icel. brū bridge, Sw. & Dan. bro bridge, pavement, and possibly to E. brow

verb Bridge
  1. To build a bridge or bridges on or over; as, to bridge a river."Their simple engineering bridged with felled trees the streams which could not be forded." [Palfrey.]
  2. To open or make a passage, as by a bridge."Xerxes . . . over Hellespont Bridging his way, Europe with Asia joined." [Milton.]
  3. To find a way of getting over, as a difficulty; -- generally with over.
noun Bridge
A card game resembling whist.

Note: The trump, if any, is determined by the dealer or his partner, the value of each trick taken over six being: for “no trumps” 12, hearts 8, diamonds 6, clubs 4, spades 2. The opponents of the dealer can, after the trump is declared, double the value of the tricks, in which case the dealer or his partner can redouble, and so on. The dealer plays his partner's hand as a dummy. The side which first reaches or exceeds 30 points scored for tricks wins a game; the side which first wins two games wins a rubber. The total score for any side is the sum of the points scored for tricks, for rubbers (each of which counts 100), for honors (which follow a special schedule of value), and for slam little slam, and chicane.

Note: ☞ For contract bridge, the scoring system has adopted different values, with 100 points required for a game. The penalties for failing to make a contract also vary with the score thus far achieved by the playing team, and with the degree, if any, of doubling during the auction.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various card games based on whist for four players
  2. A structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
  3. An upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
  4. The link between two lenses; rests on the nose
  5. A denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth
  6. A wooden support that holds the strings up
  7. A circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected
  8. The hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose ("her glasses left marks on the bridge of her nose")
  9. Something resembling a bridge in form or function ("his letters provided a bridge across the centuries")
  10. Make a bridge across ("bridge a river")
  11. Cross over on a bridge
  12. Connect or reduce the distance between
  1. A surname​.

Bridge was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Bridge

He left this life in 1768.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bridge

Wayne Bridge is a soccer player for the Southampton F.C., Chelsea F.C., Fulham F.C., Manchester City F.C., West Ham United F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., Reading F.C., England national under-18 football team, England national under-21 football team, and England national f. Wayne was born on August 5th, 1980 in Southampton, England.


Frankie Bridge is a singer, dancer, model, and songwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Frankie was given the name Francesca Sandford on January 14th, 1989 in Upminster, London, England. Frankie is also known as Frankie Sandford.


Mark Bridge is a soccer player for the Parramatta FC, Parramatta Power SC, Tianjin Teda F.C., Australia national under-20 soccer team, Australia national under-23 soccer team, and Australia national soccer team. Mark was born on November 7th, 1985 in Sydney.


George Washington Bridge is a comics character.


Brandon Bridge is a football player for the Montreal Alouettes. Brandon was born on March 21st, 1992 in Toronto.


Al Bridge was an actor. His career lasted from 1931 to 1931. Al was given the name Alfred Morton Bridge on February 26th, 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. He breathed his last breath on December 27th, 1957.


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Popularity of Bridge as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bridge U.S.
  White 90.27% 64.26%
  African American 3.78% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bridge

People with the last name Bridge are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bridge

  • How Popular is the name Bridge? Bridge is the 44,682nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Bridge was the 5,827th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bridge have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 59 babies born with the first name Bridge in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bridge? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bridge first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bridge is Friday, October 26th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Bridge born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bridge was in 2013 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bridge: Your name in reverse order is Egdirb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dribeg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bridge? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,933 people with the last name Bridge.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bridge? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Bridge as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.