cul·vert | \ˈkəl-vərt \

Definition of culvert 

1 : a transverse drain

2 : a conduit for a culvert

3 : a bridge over a culvert

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John Kramer, the manager of the city’s Streets Department, said there is a 5-6-foot void underneath a portion of the road that runs above an 8-foot culvert – a large pipe that allows water to run through. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A huge sinkhole might be responsible for the closure of a New Berlin road," 14 May 2018 Also, workers are replacing pavement, driveway aprons, storm sewers and culverts where necessary. Bob Sandrick,, "Cost of Strongsville sanitary sewer project rises by 24 percent," 30 Apr. 2018 Try near points, culverts and run-outs created from rainfall. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 7," 6 July 2018 The large sink hole was discovered Tuesday morning and was caused by an increase in the rate water was flowing through the Sequoit Creek, causing the failure of the culvert, according to the village statement. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Swollen creek causes sinkhole in Antioch; lake to crest by Sunday with no rain," 22 June 2018 The Butler County Engineer's Office stated that the road should be reopened the week of July 2, after the culvert is replaced. Madeline Mitchell,, "Traffic alert: Dunwoody and Layhigh roads closing," 20 June 2018 In a separate case, the Supreme Court on Monday left in place a court order that forces Washington state to restore salmon habitat by fixing or removing large culverts that block fish migration. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s purge of voting rolls," 11 June 2018 The Ministry of Transport said five of the train’s six cars derailed in a village in Tekirdag province after ‘‘the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed’’ due to heavy rain. Zeynep Bilginsoy,, "Train derailment in Turkey kills at least 10, injures 73," 8 July 2018 The sinkhole formed after a culvert under the road washed out due to heavy rains in the area, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "'Lucky' teen escapes unscathed after driving vehicle into sinkhole," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of culvert

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for culvert

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English Language Learners Definition of culvert

: a drain or pipe that allows water to flow under a road or railroad


cul·vert | \ˈkəl-vərt \

Kids Definition of culvert

: a drain or waterway crossing under a road or railroad

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