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 construction crews are also extending a large structural culvert to the Piney Branch tributary and the final landscaping work is being completed. Penelope Blackwell,, "SHA completes Md. 32 widening project in Sykesville; Md. 27 paving to begin in Mount Airy," 2 Nov. 2020 One person died and another person sustained serious injuries when their car crashed into a culvert, ejecting them from the vehicle, in the 74,000 block of Downs Avenue near Abita Springs, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. Staff Report,, "Man killed, woman airlifted after vehicle crash near Abita Springs," 7 Nov. 2020 The project is focused on upgrading curb inlets, constructing a new underground box culvert, and replacing sewer and water lines. Vincent T. Davis,, "Early voting shows Alamo Heights in favor of bond issue; Universal City reelecting ousted councilwoman," 3 Nov. 2020 The damages, a result of the beavers plugging a culvert along the road, are not expected to be repaired until next week. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Upper Peninsula road closed after beavers create a dam, plugging up roadside water channel," 30 Oct. 2020 The high repair cost reflects the engineering challenge of restoring the stone culvert that supports the trail, while preserving the creek that flows beneath it. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A group is trying to raise thousands of dollars to repair a sinkhole on the Zip Line portion of the Oak Leaf Trail," 27 Oct. 2020 Tina was last seen alive a little before 3 p.m., taking a popular shortcut home from school, a makeshift trail that led to a drainage ditch and a culvert under Interstate 680. San Francisco Chronicle, "A confession, 36 years late," 22 Oct. 2020 At a massive culvert under 7th Street North in Birmingham, the underground springs flowing beneath the city’s downtown corridor emerge to see the light of day, becoming Valley Creek, a major tributary of the Black Warrior River. Dennis Pillion |, al, "New litter traps keep plastic bags, bottles, diapers out of Birmingham waterways," 10 Oct. 2020 The vehicle struck a culvert, then a tree before coming to a rest, state police said. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Teen dies in Benton County crash, troopers say," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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“Culvert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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