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

Examples of culvert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bridge -- which has a culvert underneath -- is displaced and unstable to the point where our safety vehicles and heavy vehicles can’t go over. John Benson, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2021 For now, officials plan to install a temporary culvert, fill in the area and cover it with a recycled asphalt for the winter, according to Kelley. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Nov. 2021 Regarding infrastructure projects, Seven Hills in 2021 installed new sewer pipe liners on several streets, rebuilt the Cheryl Ann Drive culvert and dredged the Calvin Park and Somerset retention basins. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Dec. 2021 Lora is also looking for funds to surround the culvert with a large fence that curves at the top. Topher Sanders, ProPublica, 9 Dec. 2021 Not to mention a culvert replacement on Ohio 57 that gets under way this week. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 Olmsted Township Trustee Jeanene Kress said an application was made to the one-time Township Stimulus Program, which provides federal funds to townships for sidewalks, roadways and culvert projects located within township limits. John Benson, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2021 Improvement projects could include such things as replacing culvert crossings, increasing the creek capacity or building stormwater storage basins in the upper Poplar Creek watershed, city documents said. Gloria Casas,, 2 Nov. 2021 Behind its building, waters carried the chef’s sport utility vehicle and several dumpsters into the culvert beneath Millburn Avenue. New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Culvert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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