from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device or structure, such as a drawbridge, counterbalanced so that when one end is lowered the other is raised.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An arrangement in bridges by which one portion balances another.
  • noun A form of bailing-scoop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In mechanics, an apparatus on the principle of the seesaw, in which one end rises as the other falls.
  • noun a counterpoise or balanced drawbridge, which is opened by sinking the counterpoise and thus lifting the footway into the air.

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  • noun a counterbalanced structure having one end that rises as the other lowers

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, seesaw : bas, low (from Old French, from Medieval Latin bassus) + cul, bottom (from Old French, from Latin cūlus, rump; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots).]

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French seesaw



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  • bascule – the natural round arc a horse's body takes as it goes over a jump

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  • JM is fabricating a miniscule bascule from drawings that won't fall down.

    September 12, 2010

  • When Ernest was young and in school

    The boy was a nerd en capsule.

    Since one of his whims

    Was strange synonyms

    A seesaw he'd call a bascule.

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