cul·​vert ˈkəl-vərt How to pronounce culvert (audio)
: a transverse drain
: a conduit for a culvert
: a bridge over a culvert

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Godsey was at the wheel when Losey was ejected from a 2010 Kia sedan that struck a culvert at the intersection of Richwood and Chambers roads about 1:30 a.m., the sheriff's office said in a news release. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2023 Powell was a passenger in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that left the road and struck a concrete culvert. Carol Robinson |, al, 16 Mar. 2023 The sewers, instead of emptying into the culvert, will discharge into the East Branch of the Rocky River, which Haselson said runs through Pinestream. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 The price tags range from $1.1 million to repair a culvert in Groton to $20 million toward a massive project to rebuild the I-91/I-691/Route 15 interchange in Meriden. Russell Blair,, 28 May 2021 The bear had hunkered down in a culvert alongside the road near Wannaska, Minnesota, according to a Facebook post from the department. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 11 Feb. 2023 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources rescued a bear stuck in a culvert alongside a road near Wannaska after the animal got stuck there during hibernation. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 The body of Charity Lynn Perry was discovered shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday in a culvert near East Historic Columbia River Highway and Northeast Tumalt Road, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Thursday. oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 Two separate groups of German soldiers had set up anti-aircraft guns at culverts on the road next to the river. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of culvert was in 1773

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“Culvert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


cul·​vert ˈkəl-vərt How to pronounce culvert (audio)
: a drain or waterway crossing under a road or railroad

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