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  1. present participle and gerund of bridge


bridging (not comparable)

  1. That acts as a bridge (in many contexts)
    • 1964 May, “News and Comment: WR's new parcel traffic method”, in Modern Railways, page 300:
      Loading and unloading between platform and train are carried out at the busier stations by means of fork-lift trucks and at smaller points by bridging boards or lifting platforms.


bridging (plural bridgings)

  1. The act of building a bridge.
    • 2007, Stanley Weintraub, 15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall, page 325:
      With him were 60,000 combat engineers for multiple bridgings of the river, and hundreds of thousands of tons of supplies, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.
  2. (architecture) The system of bracing used between floor or other timbers to distribute the weight.
    • 1860, Thomas Leverton Donaldson, William Cunningham Glen, Handbook of Specifications, page 319:
      All the joists and bridgings of the mezzanine floor to have stout double herringbone strutting not more than 6 feet apart.

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