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1bypass

noun by·pass \ˈbī-ˌpas\

: a road that goes around a blocked or very crowded area

medical : a procedure done to allow blood to flow past a blocked blood vessel to reach the heart

Full Definition of BYPASS

1
:  a passage to one side; especially :  a deflected route usually around a town
2
a :  a channel carrying a fluid around a part and back to the main stream
b (1) :  shunt 1b
(2) :  shunt 1c; also :  a surgical procedure for the establishment of a shunt <have a coronary bypass>

Examples of BYPASS

  1. The bridge is being rebuilt so we'll have to take the bypass.

First Known Use of BYPASS

1848

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone

2bypass

verb

: to go around or avoid (a place or area)

: to avoid or ignore (someone or something) especially to get something done quicker

Full Definition of BYPASS

transitive verb
1
a :  to avoid by means of a bypass <bypass a congested area>
b :  to cause to follow a bypass
2
a :  to neglect or ignore usually intentionally
b :  circumvent <attempting to bypass the law>

Examples of BYPASS

  1. To bypass the city, take the highway that circles it.
  2. Is there a way to bypass the bridge construction?
  3. He bypassed the manager and talked directly to the owner.
  4. She managed to bypass the usual paperwork.

First Known Use of BYPASS

1736
BYPASS Defined for Kids

1bypass

noun by·pass \ˈbī-ˌpas\

Definition of BYPASS for Kids

:  a road serving as a substitute route around a blocked or crowded area

2bypass

verb
by·passedby·pass·ing

Definition of BYPASS for Kids

1
:  to make a detour around
2
:  avoid 1, forgo <… would probably be permitted to bypass most of the training. — Lois Lowry, The Giver>
Medical Dictionary

bypass

noun by·pass \ˈbī-ˌpas\

Medical Definition of BYPASS

:  a surgically established shunt <cardiopulmonary bypass of blood from the right atrium to the aorta>; also :  a surgical procedure for the establishment of a shunt—see coronary bypass, gastric bypass, jejunoileal bypass
bypass transitive verb

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