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 for Asses'' Bridge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ass \Ass\, n. [OE. asse, AS. assa; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen,
     asyn, L. asinus, dim. aselus, Gr. ?; also to AS. esol, OHG.
     esil, G. esel, Goth. asilus, Dan. [ae]sel, Lith. asilas,
     Bohem. osel, Pol. osiel. The word is prob. of Semitic origin;
     cf. Heb. ath?n she ass. Cf. Ease.]
     Equus+({Equus+asinus">1. (Zool.) A quadruped of the genus Equus ({Equus asinus),
        smaller than the horse, and having a peculiarly harsh bray
        and long ears. The tame or domestic ass is patient, slow,
        and sure-footed, and has become the type of obstinacy and
        stupidity. There are several species of wild asses which
        are swift-footed.
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     2. A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a dolt. --Shak.
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     Asses' Bridge. [L. pons asinorum.] The fifth proposition of
        the first book of Euclid, "The angles at the base of an
        isosceles triangle are equal to one another." [Sportive]
        "A schoolboy, stammering out his Asses' Bridge." --F.
        Harrison.
  
     To make an ass of one's self, to do or say something very
        foolish or absurd.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bridge \Bridge\ (br[i^]j), n. [OE. brig, brigge, brug, brugge,
     AS. brycg, bricg; akin to Fries. bregge, D. brug, OHG.
     brucca, G. br["u]cke, Icel. bryggja pier, bridge, Sw. brygga,
     Dan. brygge, and prob. Icel. br[=u] bridge, Sw. & Dan. bro
     bridge, pavement, and possibly to E. brow.]
     1. A structure, usually of wood, stone, brick, or iron,
        erected over a river or other water course, or over a
        chasm, railroad, etc., to make a passageway from one bank
        to the other.
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     2. Anything supported at the ends, which serves to keep some
        other thing from resting upon the object spanned, as in
        engraving, watchmaking, etc., or which forms a platform or
        staging over which something passes or is conveyed.
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     3. (Mus.) The small arch or bar at right angles to the
        strings of a violin, guitar, etc., serving of raise them
        and transmit their vibrations to the body of the
        instrument.
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     4. (Elec.) A device to measure the resistance of a wire or
        other conductor forming part of an electric circuit.
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     5. A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a
        furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; -- usually called a
        bridge wall.
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     Aqueduct bridge. See Aqueduct.
  
     Asses' bridge, Bascule bridge, Bateau bridge. See under
        Ass, Bascule, Bateau.
  
     Bridge of a steamer (Naut.), a narrow platform across the
        deck, above the rail, for the convenience of the officer
        in charge of the ship; in paddlewheel vessels it connects
        the paddle boxes.
  
     Bridge of the nose, the upper, bony part of the nose.
  
     Cantalever bridge. See under Cantalever.
  
     Draw bridge. See Drawbridge.
  
     Flying bridge, a temporary bridge suspended or floating, as
        for the passage of armies; also, a floating structure
        connected by a cable with an anchor or pier up stream, and
        made to pass from bank to bank by the action of the
        current or other means.
  
     Girder bridge or Truss bridge, a bridge formed by
        girders, or by trusses resting upon abutments or piers.
  
     Lattice bridge, a bridge formed by lattice girders.
  
     Pontoon bridge, Ponton bridge. See under Pontoon.
  
     Skew bridge, a bridge built obliquely from bank to bank, as
        sometimes required in railway engineering.
  
     Suspension bridge. See under Suspension.
  
     Trestle bridge, a bridge formed of a series of short,
        simple girders resting on trestles.
  
     Tubular bridge, a bridge in the form of a hollow trunk or
        rectangular tube, with cellular walls made of iron plates
        riveted together, as the Britannia bridge over the Menai
        Strait, and the Victoria bridge at Montreal.
  
     Wheatstone's bridge (Elec.), a device for the measurement
        of resistances, so called because the balance between the
        resistances to be measured is indicated by the absence of
        a current in a certain wire forming a bridge or connection
        between two points of the apparatus; -- invented by Sir
        Charles Wheatstone.
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