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

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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 Turn right on Morgan Road, drive to the end of the pavement, cross the cattle guard and continue 80 yards to the trailhead parking on the left. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Lincoln's portrait was fastened to the front of the engine above the cattle guard. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cattle guard

1843, in the meaning defined above

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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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