cattle guard


Definition of cattle guard

: a shallow ditch with rails or bars laid across that are spread far enough apart to prevent livestock from crossing but not people or vehicles

Examples of cattle guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is this really powerful moment in the film of Jamaica huddled on the cold asphalt, chained to a cattle guard, in an effort to block the construction. Eunica Escalante, Vogue, "A New Documentary Centers Protest, Poetry, and the Fight for Native Hawaiian Sovereignty," 19 Feb. 2021 The road twists downhill and crosses the sandy riparian strip before heading uphill again to a cattle guard and fence line signed for U Cross Ranch. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Off the beaten path: This Arizona hike unfolds with views and historical artifacts," 3 Dec. 2020 Just a few yards east of the tank, a cattle guard and sign post for Cottonwood Trail 9709 signals the beginning of an optional continuation of the hike. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "A short distance off the highway, this Prescott-area hike feels remote. Here's how to do it," 12 Mar. 2020 Turn left, drive 5.4 miles to a cattle guard past mile marker 25 and park in any of the turnouts along the road. Jill Cassidy, azcentral, "Hells Canyon Wilderness hike near Phoenix feels a million miles away. Here's how to do it," 7 Feb. 2020 According to Tupper, the park spent $1.218 million on 43 miles of new fencing and three cattle guards; $743,000 came from charitable organizations and their supporters. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Part of the Badlands Opens to Bison—For the First Time in 150 Years," 19 Oct. 2019 Farther up the road, a group of seven Native Hawaiian protectors chained themselves to a cattle guard as a second line of defense in case law enforcement arrested the kūpuna. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 The ongoing protests began Monday and have been marked with some demonstrators chaining themselves to a cattle guard in the middle of the road, KHON2 reported. Fox News, "Police in Hawaii reportedly arresting protesters in standoff over construction of Mauna Kea telescope," 18 July 2019 Fences separate predators from potential prey (that’s you), and cattle guards about a car-length long mark the borders between habitats. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of cattle guard

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Cattle guard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cattle guard

US : a set of bars placed over a shallow hole that is used to stop cattle from crossing a road

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