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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In the next and final phase, the work includes the repair of several bridges, the installation of 11,000 tons of asphalt and over 10,000 linear feet of culvert, and the replacement of more than 29,000 linear feet of curbs and road gutters. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Another portion of Beach Drive reopens Monday," 8 July 2018 Federal courts ordered Washington to fix most of the culverts by 2030, an effort that a state spokesman said on Monday would cost about $2.4 billion. Author: John Eligon, Anchorage Daily News, "A Supreme Court victory for a tribe that's lost its salmon," 12 June 2018 Federal courts ordered Washington to fix most of the culverts by 2030, an effort that a state spokesman said on Monday would cost about $2.4 billion. John Eligon, New York Times, "‘This Ruling Gives Us Hope’: Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Salmon Case," 11 June 2018 Out of a culvert that runs parallel to the freeway, several more appear. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Many people work hard to avoid the homeless. These volunteers embrace them," 7 June 2018 The project includes the removal of 150 feet of culvert along with junction boxes. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "KSA to replace collapsed culvert at flood-prone River Grove Park in Kingwood for $33K," 5 May 2018 The shooting occurred at about 12:22 p.m. Wednesday near a culvert on Centeno Lane in Rio Bravo. César G. Rodriguez, Houston Chronicle, "Relatives of young female immigrant fatally shot at Texas border demand justice," 25 May 2018 As a result of a federal injunction, the state’s transportation department has been removing fish barriers like small dams and culverts that hinder salmon. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Draft recommendations for orca recovery include permit system for whale-watching, millions in funding," 24 Oct. 2018 Heavy rains during a 2017 storm caused an embankment and culvert on Van Blaricum to collapse. Jennie Key,, "West Side slide repair to start this summer," 8 June 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 How to pronounce culvert (audio) \

Kids Definition of culvert

: a drain or waterway crossing under a road or railroad

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