Transitional passage connecting two sections of a composition.That part of a stringed instrument which supports the strings. Also [Eng.] bridge; [Fr.] chevalet; [Ger.] Steg; [It.] ponticello; [Sp.] puente.Transitional passage connecting two sections of a composition, also transition. Also the part of a stringed instrument that holds the strings in place and transmits their vibrations to the resonant body of the instrument.