The Italian term for bridge (2). Also [Eng.] bridge; [Fr.] chevalet; [Ger.] Steg; [It.] ponticello; [Sp.] puente.the bridge of a stringed instrument, such as a violin. Sul ponticello, for example, means 'on the bridge', and is an instruction to the musician to play with the bow as close as possible to the bridge. This makes a sound with a special nasal or metallic quality.