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

Examples of culvert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The response team set up two culvert traps, which resemble large tubes, specifically designed for black bears, according to the wildlife department. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 5 June 2024 The culvert needs to be inspected for damage from the fire, officials said. Lauren Penington, The Denver Post, 16 May 2024 The pair then dumped the teen’s nude body in a culvert. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 However, her remains were discovered in a culvert at Ainsworth State Park – 35 miles to the east. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for culvert 

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Word History


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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 15 Jun. 2024.

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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