What is a drawbridge?

What is a drawbridge? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  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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Two officers drove off a drawbridge last night and plunged 40 feet into the river.
This will create a moat around City Hall's castle with maybe a drawbridge to keep electors out.
A tiny arched drawbridge spanned the channel, wide enough for two people to walk abreast.
In the medieval period there was a wide ditch in front crossed by a drawbridge.
The drawbridge was lowered and the four knights rode into the gatehouse and through the curtain wall of the castle.
The horses of the dozen riders were lathered, as they galloped across the drawbridge and into the fortress.

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