bascule /ˈbaskjuːl / bascule bridge


I. noun

1. a type of bridge with a section which can be raised and lowered using counterweights.
2. a movable section of road forming part of a bascule bridge.
– origin late 19th cent.: earlier denoting a lever apparatus of which one end is raised while the other is lowered, from French (earlier bacule), ‘see-saw’, from battre ‘to bump’ + cul ‘buttocks’.

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