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On associe traditionnellement le pont-levis aux châteaux médiévaux, qui disposaient pratiquement tous d'un tel pont au-dessus de leurs douves ou fossé sec. Le relevage du pont permettait alors de bloquer l'entrée en cas d'attaque. Généralement, pour plus de sécurité, un pont-levis de château fort précède une herse.

A drawbridge or draw-bridge is a type of movable bridge typically associated with the entrance of a castle surrounded by a moat. In some forms of English, including American English, the word drawbridge commonly refers to all types of movable bridges, such as bascule bridges, vertical-lift bridges and swing bridges, but this article concerns the narrower, more historical definition of the term.

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