bascule

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See also: basculé

English[edit]

bascule
A bascule bridge
breech-loading firearm showing the bascule

Etymology[edit]

From French basculer.

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Noun[edit]

bascule (plural bascules)

  1. A counterbalanced structure having one end that rises as the other lowers.
    • 1986, Jeffrey A. Hess, Historic Highway Bridges in Wisconsin, page 87:
      The study sample contains nine rolling-lift bascules of the type invented by Chicago engineer William Scherzer in 1893 , and refined by the engineering staff of the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company, also of Chicago.
  2. (firearms) The portion of a breech-loading firearm that pivots open in order to allow access to the chamber.
    • 1997, Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office:
      A device for coupling and releasing the trigger mechanism in a bascule of a gun

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bascule.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌbɑsˈky.lə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: vas‧cu‧le
  • Rhymes: -ylə

Noun[edit]

bascule f (plural bascules)

  1. balance, balance scales
  2. counterweight

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French[edit]

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bascule f (plural bascules)

  1. seesaw

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Verb[edit]

bascule

  1. inflection of basculer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bascule f

  1. plural of bascula

Spanish[edit]

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bascule

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of bascular.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of bascular.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of bascular.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of bascular.