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 bugs seem to particularly like areas behind impediments, where the water swirls and is aerated, such as below beaver dams or road culverts. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "This endangered water beetle is found only in a few streams Up North," 16 July 2019 The ramp closed Wednesday to allow crews to repair the hole at the culvert over Southern Ditch. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Emergency pavement repair closes Outer Loop ramp to I-65 South," 12 June 2019 Officials told reporters Monday that more than 100 people had been hospitalized with injuries after five of the train’s 17 carriages went off the rails while crossing a culvert. Mike Ives,, "At least 5 dead in Bangladesh after train veers off bridge," 24 June 2019 Detectives found the murder weapons, a rifle and a Glock pistol, at the crime scene and in an Interstate 95 culvert. Tonya Alanez,, "Man on ‘mission of evil’ found guilty of killing three people at backyard party," 21 June 2019 Washtenaw will spend more than that on additional culvert and drainage improvements. Kristi Tanner,, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019 Weather can be tough on the budget In May, a culvert failed under Braun Road in Washtenaw County. Kristi Tanner,, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019 The current culvert was put in about 15 inches higher than the previous one, causing the water issues. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "About 100 fish found dead in Bon Aire Lake: Merrillville official," 13 July 2018 Removing the culverts may not save the Swinomish's traditional way of life — intensive agriculture, timber practices and climate change are also depleting salmon stocks — but Cladoosby said the Supreme Court ruling was a step in the right direction. Author: John Eligon, Anchorage Daily News, "A Supreme Court victory for a tribe that's lost its salmon," 12 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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