Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drawbridge arranged with a counterpoise, so that, as the floor of the bridge is raised, the counterpoise descends into a pit prepared for it: the commonest form of medieval drawbridge. See balance-bridge.
- n. A movable bridge consisting of one or two opening leafs equipped with balancing counterweights that ease and speedy up their operation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a counterpoise or balanced drawbridge, which is opened by sinking the counterpoise and thus lifting the footway into the air.
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