cul·​vert | \ ˈkəl-vərt How to pronounce culvert (audio) \

Definition of culvert

1 : a transverse drain
2 : a conduit for a culvert
3 : a bridge over a culvert

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The Army funneled the creeks into culverts and planted nonnative ivy, eucalyptus and ice plant over the riparian habitat, choking out native plants. Peter Fimrite,, "On the edge of SF’s Presidio, restoring a watershed will benefit nature and humans," 5 Aug. 2019 Fix culvert and slope The project includes two components. Sheila Vilvens,, "Repairs to begin, weather permitting, on I-275 sliding slope in Clermont County," 25 June 2019 Instead, Behenna took him to a secluded railroad culvert and demanded more information from him. al, "Trump pardons soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner," 7 May 2019 To reduce flooding issues, the old triple cell culvert at the bottom of the hill, which was deteriorated and undersized, was replaced with a large arch pipe that will significantly increase the capacity for stormwater flow under the road. Erika Butler,, "Section of Tollgate Road in Bel Air re-opened after nearly a year," 3 Sep. 2019 The Summit County Engineer’s Office recommended the closure because of an aging culvert. Megan Becka,, "Sand Run Parkway in Akron closed between Portage Path and Merriman Road," 3 Sep. 2019 Our crews worked around the clock this winter responding to the harsh weather conditions that took a toll on our roadways and culverts. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Biggest paving plans in decades underway across the Bay Area," 4 Aug. 2019 About a quarter-mile in, a culvert bearing the clean lines and subdued edges typical of 1930s design spans a drainage area replete with wildflowers. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Route 66 'ghost roads' hike: Walk in the vanishing path of the Mother Road," 1 Aug. 2019 Another problem emerged after a large box culvert had been installed under Oblate and Barbara Drive to convey runoff into the channel. Austin Taylor Staff Writer,, "With 34 houses gone, a San Antonio neighborhood could beat the odds in the next deluge," 29 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce culvert (audio) \

Kids Definition of culvert

: a drain or waterway crossing under a road or railroad

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