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SPAN Extend from side to side of.
COMPRESSION The state of being compressed; shortening by pressure.
SUSPENSION BRIDGE A bridge in which the weight of the deck is supported by vertical cables suspended from larger cables that run between towers and are anchored in abutments at each end.
DISSIPATE To dissipate force is to spread it out over a greater area, so that no one spot has to bear the brunt of the concentrated force.
BUCKLE A flat, typically rectangular frame with a hinged pin, used for joining the ends of a belt or strap.
TENSION Tension is a force that acts to expand or lengthen the thing it is acting on.
STABLE Not changing or fluctuating
TORSION The twist or deformation of a body set up by a torque.
CANTILEVER A bracket of stone, metal, or wood projecting from a supported beam or wall.
BUCKLING To bend in a lateral direction by a longitudinal pressure.
CABLE A heavy rope, chain, or twisted wire rope. An aerial or underground conductor of electricity with insulating covering. The suspending portions of a suspension bridge.
RIGID appearing stiff and unyielding.
ABUTMENT That part of a pier from which an arch springs. A structure sustaining one end of a bridge span and at the same time supporting the embankment which carries the track or roadway.
BEAM A long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal spanning an opening or part of a building, usually to support the roof or floor above.
SNAPPING The action of breaking suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound.
JOINT A point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.
TRANSFER Move from one place to another.
PIER A solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure.
TRUSS A framed or jointed structure designed to act as a beam while each of its members is primarily subjected to longitudinal stress only.
ARCH BRIDGE An arch bridge is a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch.
FORCE That which moves or tends to move matter. The action between two bodies either causing or tending to cause change in their relative rest or motion.
BEAM BRIDGE The simplest structural forms for bridge spans supported by an abutment or pier at each end.
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