from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A warden or guard for a bridge.
  • n. The principal ward of a key.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bridge keeper; a warden or a guard for a bridge.
  • n. The principal ward of a key.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The warden or keeper of a bridge.
  • n. In locksmithing, the principal ward of a key, usually in the plane of rotation.


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  • It is needless to say, that the bridge-ward had usually the better in these questions, since he could at pleasure detain the traveller on the opposite side; or, suffering him to pass half way, might keep him prisoner in his tower till they were agreed on the rate of pontage.

    The Monastery

  • To approach it he had to encounter the same uncourteous bridge-ward who had already defeated and made captive so many knights, and last of all,

    The Age of Fable

  • But when the villain approached to strip him of his armor, Rinaldo seized him, and the bridge-ward, being unable to free himself, leapt with Rinaldo into the lake, where they both disappeared.

    The Age of Fable

  • Rinaldo attacked him, but with as bad success as the rest, for the bridge-ward struck him so violent a blow with an iron mace that he fell to the ground.

    The Age of Fable


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