from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tower for the defense of a bridge, usually erected upon the bridge itself, the road passing through archways in its lower story, which could be closed by gates.
  • noun Less properly, a tower defending the approach to a bridge in the manner of a tête-de-pont.


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  • It is the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Wall, very old -- how old I cannot tell you -- much mutilated and disfigured by restorers whose heads should have gone into the decorative scheme over the gateway of the Mala St.ana bridge-tower; but here in this church the Sacrament was first given in both forms, _sub utraque_.

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  • The generals did not wish to attack the bridge-tower, but Joan paid them no attention.

    The Red True Story Book

  • In the camp before the bridge-tower men buzzed out of their tents, like ants whose hill is disturbed; horses were fastened to the cannon, tents were struck, and it was plain that the siege was to be raised.

    The Chaplet of Pearls

  • And although they were thought better of in modern times, the large caricature, still to be seen, to their disgrace, on an arched wall under the bridge-tower, bore extraordinary witness against them; for it had been made, not through private ill - will, but by public order.

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  • She imaged him as the sunny-faced youth who had claimed her in the royal castle, and her longing to be at his side and cling to him as his own became every moment more fervent and irresistible, until she gladly recollected the necessity of carrying food to the defenders; and snatching an interval from her hospital cares, she sped to the old circular kitchen of the monastery, where she found the lame baker vainly trying to organize a party of frightened women to carry provisions to the garrison of the bridge-tower.

    The Chaplet of Pearls


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