What does the word drawbridge mean?

Usage examples for drawbridge

  1. Then Tirant ordered them to destroy one of the arches on the bridge, and there they put up a wooden drawbridge, with iron chains to raise and lower it. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  2. Hoard had informed me that its landward sides were protected by a deep moat, connected with the sea, and spanned by a drawbridge; and it was for this bridge that I was keeping a sharp look- out. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  3. " Well, I can imagine you standing on a drawbridge or a portcullis, or whatever it was they trimmed medieval castles with, and waving your hands to the knights going by," began John teasingly; " but it's a stretch of imagination to fancy a medieval princess pouring my tea and seeing that my papers are in order ..." – The Wishing-Ring Man by Margaret Widdemer