cul·​vert | \ˈkəl-vərt \

Definition of culvert 

1 : a transverse drain

2 : a conduit for a culvert

3 : a bridge over a culvert

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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 The contractor for the culvert replacement job did not have all the materials on hand to start work May 24 as planned, a city spokeswoman said. David Ibata, ajc, "Roswell’s Pine Grove culvert work delayed till June 18," 29 May 2018 Government trappers have taken to hanging security cameras around their large culvert-like cage traps, designed to catch the bears alive to be killed later if necessary. Ryan Sabalow And Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Tahoe bears are breaking into homes with people inside. Should the animals be killed? | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Wrona's property has an 18-inch culvert running between it and the property next door, owned by Dan and Kerry Babler. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Concessions for Aurora residents on table for proposed Burger King," 9 Mar. 2018 Residential access is continuing for the northern part of the road, as foundation repairs continue on a concrete culvert near Clay Lodge Lane. Cody Boteler,, "Nonprofit group offering flood relief aid as county road work continues in Catonsville, Oella," 12 June 2018 At issue is whether the state must replace road culverts that block salmon passage. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court showdown: Washington’s attorney general vs. tribes over salmon habitat," 18 Apr. 2018 Lake also told the board there is a good chance the utility will be reimbursed the $29,000 spent to replace a culvert during recent flooding. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Work progressing of Merrillville's Bon Aire Lake," 6 Apr. 2018 John Kramer, the manager of the city’s Streets Department, said there is a 5-6-foot void underneath a portion of the road that runs above an 8-foot culvert – a large pipe that allows water to run through. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A huge sinkhole might be responsible for the closure of a New Berlin road," 14 May 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 \

Kids Definition of culvert

: a drain or waterway crossing under a road or railroad

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