Definitions for basculeˈbæs kyul
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a device operating like a balance or seesaw, esp. an arrangement of a movable bridge (bas′cule bridge`) by which the rising floor or section is counterbalanced by a weight.
Category: Civil Engineering
Origin of bascule:
1670–80; F; MF bacule
a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)
a counterbalanced structure having one end that rises as the other lowers
in mechanics an apparatus on the principle of the seesaw, in which one end rises as the other falls
Bascule is the natural round arc a horse's body takes as it goes over a jump. The horse should rise up through its back, stretching its neck forward and down, when it reaches the peak of his jump. Ideally, the withers are the highest point over the fence. This is often described as the horse taking the shape of a dolphin jumping out of the water. Bascule can also refer more generally to the raising of the withers while the horse is in motion.
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