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 death of a man whose body was found Monday in a Dakota County culvert has been ruled a homicide. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, "Death of man found in Dakota County culvert ruled a homicide," 28 Apr. 2021 Both plans depend on $1 billion in federal stimulus and spend $726 million on fish culvert repairs but widely differ on amounts allocated to public transit and road projects. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington Democrats make a U-turn on multi-billion transportation deal as talks falter," 26 Apr. 2021 A few miles upstream, Red Butte and Emigration creeks meet at Liberty Park, where they are encased in a culvert running west under 1300 South. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Three old streams bring one sparkling new attraction to Salt Lake City’s west side," 29 Mar. 2021 Ward 2 Councilman Frank Lentine called attention to the condition of the wooden walkway atop the culvert that crosses over Claribel Creek between the fire station and the school building. cleveland, "Councilman expresses concern over safety of wooden walkway along Richmond Road," 11 Mar. 2021 The boy found huddled in a culvert under a street in downtown Chaska on a 10-below night, body temperature dangerously low. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "COVID may increase youth homelessness across Twin Cities metro," 16 Feb. 2021 The trail’s path includes a section of Beverly Drive in Beverly Shores that runs through wetlands and was closed after a culvert gave way. Amy Lavalley,, "Calumet Trail improvements take it off of utility property: ‘It’s a next generation asset for the park’," 6 Apr. 2021 Troopers said the front bumper struck a culvert, causing the vehicle to go airborne. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Troopers: Rollover crash kills Arkadelphia man," 30 Mar. 2021 The two teens were in a 2008 GMC Sierra that left the roadway, struck a culvert, and overturned. Carol Robinson |, al, "1 teen killed, another injured in west Alabama crash," 29 Mar. 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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3 May 2021

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“Culvert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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