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BRIDGE. A building constructed over a river, creek, or other stream, or ditch or other place, in order to facilitate the passage over the same. 3 Harr. 108.
     2. Bridges are of several kinds, public and private. Public bridges may be divided into, 1st. Those which belong to the public; as state, county, or township bridges, over which all the people have a right to pass, with or without paying toll these are built by public authority at the public expense, either of the state itself, or a district or part of the state.
     3. - 2d. Those which have been built by companies, or at the expense of private individuals, and over Which all the people have a right to pass, on the payment of a toll fixed by law. 3d. Those which have been built by private individuals and which have been dedicated to public uses. 2 East, R. 356; 5 Burr. R. 2594; 2 Bl. R. 685 1 Camp. R. 262, n.; 2 M. & S. 262.
     4. A private bridge is one erected for the use of one or more private persons; such a bridge will not be considered a public bridge, although it may be occasionally used by the public. 12 East, R. 203-4. Vide 7 Pick. R. 844; 11 Pet. R. 539; 7 N. H. Rcp. 59; 1 Pick. R. 432; 4 John. Ch. R. 150.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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What is great about a drawbridge is its ability to allow travel from one body of water to another, and it also allows ships to cross over into bodies of water when operating.
Not directly, you understand, but by their cankered logic which would have the Premiership drawbridge pulled up and bolted shut.
Fort Mitchell, KY, May 05, 2010 --( The 34th Annual International Ventriloquists' ConVENTion, sponsored by Vent Haven Museum, will be held at the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center, Ft.
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The Siuslaw Bridge in Florence was closed to traffic for about 2' hours Friday after a small electrical fire in the control room caused the drawbridge on U.S.
It was at this time I also discovered the drawbridge and canal, vastly different to now as the old drawbridge stores was a rather drab and cold looking premises.
Caldicot Castle is lowering its drawbridge to the public until Tuesday, October 31.
The creator of Innovis, Drawbridge Securities, is bringing the contaminated brown-field site on the banks of the River Mersey into full economic use and expects that Innovis Ditton will be the first of several parks.
A year later, in true knightly fashion, Boulette carried his wife over the moat and working wooden drawbridge of a little stone castle, right in the heart of Siesta Key.
Pupils at Castleway Primary designed a multipurpose garden with paths, pergolas, a moat, walls and a drawbridge.
It's an amusing if obvious simile for the "exclusivity" of galleries and that shut-out feeling experienced by many artists trying to get a foothold: Those doors may be just glass, but sometimes it feels as if there might as well be a moat and drawbridge before them.