Bridge vs Crossing - What's the difference?

bridge | crossing |

As a noun crossing is

an intersection where roads, lines, or tracks cross.

As an adjective crossing is

(rare) extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction.

As a verb crossing is




Alternative forms

* bridg (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) brigge, from (etyl) . The verb is from (etyl) briggen, from (etyl) ).


(en noun)
  • A construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
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  • # (senseid)(label) The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
  • # (label) A prosthesis replacing one or several adjacent teeth.
  • # (bowling) The gap between the holes on a bowling ball
  • An arch or superstructure.
  • # (label) An elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.
  • # (label) The piece, on string instruments, that supports the strings from the sounding board.
  • # A particular form of one hand placed on the table to support the cue when making a shot in cue sports.
  • # A cue modified with a convex arch-shaped notched head attached to the narrow end, used to support a player's (shooter's) cue for extended or tedious shots. Also called a spider.
  • # Anything supported at the ends and serving 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.
  • # (label) A defensive position in which the wrestler is supported by his feet and head, belly-up, in order to prevent touch-down of the shoulders and eventually to dislodge an opponent who has established a position on top.
  • A connection, real or abstract.
  • # (label) A rudimentary procedure before definite solution
  • # (label) A device which connects two or more computer buses, typically in a transparent manner.
  • # (label) A system which connects two or more local area networks at layer 2.
  • # (label) An intramolecular valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.
  • # (label) An unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.
  • # (label) A song contained within another song, often demarcated by meter, key, or melody.
  • # (label) An edge which, if removed, changes a connected graph to one that is not connected.
  • # (label) A point in a line where a break in a word unit cannot occur.
  • # (label) A statement, such as an offer, that signals a possibility of accord.
  • (label) Any of several electrical devices that measure characteristics such as impedance and inductance by balancing different parts of a circuit
  • A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; a bridge wall.
  • A solid crust of undissolved salt in a water softener.
  • Derived terms
    * Bailey bridge * bridge loan * bridge mount * bridge the gap * bridge over troubled waters * cross that bridge when one comes to it * drawbridge * footbridge * ice bridge * Kelvin bridge * land bridge * low bridge * Maryland bridge * Schering bridge * suspension bridge * swing bridge, swingbridge * water under the bridge * Wheatstone bridge * Wien bridge


  • To be or make a bridge over something.
  • With enough cable, we can bridge this gorge.
  • To span as if with a bridge.
  • The two groups were able to bridge their differences.
  • (music) To transition from one piece or section of music to another without stopping.
  • We need to bridge that jam into "The Eleven".
  • (computing, communication) To connect two or more computer buses, networks etc. with a bridge.
  • (wrestling) To go to the bridge position.
  • Etymology 2

    Name of an older card game biritch , probably (etyl) , "one-three". "bridge." *OED 2nd edition. 1989. (online) "bridge." Online Etymology Dictionary. 2008.


  • (card games) A card game played with four players playing as two teams of two players each.
  • Bidding is an essential element of the game bridge .



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    (en noun)
  • An intersection where roads, lines, or tracks cross
  • A place at which a river, railroad, or highway may be crossed
  • A voyage across a body of water
  • (architecture) The volume formed by the intersection of chancel, nave and transepts in a cruciform church; often with a tower or cupola over it
  • Movement into a crossed position.
  • * 1989 , Stephen N. Tchudi, ?Diana D. Mitchell, Explorations in the Teaching of English (page 270)
  • For example, experts in kinesics — body language — recognize that a person sends out hundreds of nonverbal signals — eyebrow twitches, frowns, leg crossings and uncrossings — every second while he or she is speaking and listening.


  • (rare) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction.
  • Verb

  • References

    * * Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.