What is a drawbridge?

What is a drawbridge? Here are some definitions.

  1. A hinged bridge which can be raised (to prevent its being crossed, as across a moat, or to allow watercraft to travel beneath it).
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The horses of the dozen riders were lathered, as they galloped across the drawbridge and into the fortress.
The play castle is a wooden construction which contains a mock tower, drawbridge, slides and rope swings.
Two officers drove off a drawbridge last night and plunged 40 feet into the river.
It had a drawbridge that was not over a moat filled with water, but a chasm that seemed to go to the center of the Earth.
In the medieval period there was a wide ditch in front crossed by a drawbridge.
A tiny arched drawbridge spanned the channel, wide enough for two people to walk abreast.

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