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bascule

1. a bridge with a movable section hinged about a horizontal axis and counterbalanced by a weight
2. a movable roadway forming part of such a bridge

Bascule

A structure that rotates about an axis, as a seesaw, with a counterbalance equal to the weight of the structure at one end, used for movable bridges.

bascule

[′ba‚skül]
(engineering)
A structure that rotates about an axis, as a seesaw, with a counterbalance (for the weight of the structure) at one end.

bascule

A structure that moves about a horizontal axis, as a seesaw, with a counterbalance at one end.
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Early diagnosis of caecal bascule is important as it permits the more conservative caecopexy procedure to be performed.
In the case we present, it is most likely that the caecal bascule developed as a complication of the post-caesarean section ileus, given its temporal concordance.
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Tower Bridge was designed with backup systems to ensure operational reliability, including two of everything required to open and close the bascules.
A constant pressure was maintained in the pipes, and the stored surplus power could be instantly released by simply turning a lever when the bascules needed to be raised.
The Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII) opened the bascules to the sound of brass bands and the cheers of hundreds of thousands of spectators.
Today, the bascules rise only about 500 times a year.
Each bascule weighed 1,000 tons and lay flat in the middle of the road between the towers until ships needed to sail to or from the Upper Pool.