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

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The bus had apparently hit a culvert before overturning. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Driver killed and seven children hurt in Mississippi school bus crash," 10 Sep. 2019 Additionally, engineers soon will repair a culvert on Thistle Road about a half-mile south of Frederick Road. Cody Boteler,, "Thistle Road in Catonsville, damaged by flooding, to reopen," 19 Aug. 2019 The project includes adding another travel lane on I-17 and replacing a box culvert on Pinnacle Peak Road on the east side of I-17, the report said. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "I-17 to close at Pinnacle Peak Road for construction on Friday night," 15 Aug. 2019 Completed in May, the $15.2 million project, which replaced a bridge built in 1940, accommodates a trail undercrossing and replaced the drainage culvert that feeds to the Sweetwater River. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor Greg Cox highlights projects in southern San Diego County," 14 Aug. 2019 The contractor will shove sections of box culverts under Goldenrod and the Beachline without having to close and slice open the pavement of those roads. Kevin Spear,, "Virgin Trains digs into building 125 mph track across Orange and Brevard," 22 Aug. 2019 Road crews on Saturday had cleared one lane in the park one day after tourists became stranded when rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to damage the only road inside the vast park. Fatima Farha, USA TODAY, "Hot weather, stranded tourists and 'Good Boys': 5 things you need to know Monday," 19 Aug. 2019 Expect delays and detours in the work zone and follow all signs and flagger instructions. Washington County is replacing a culvert on Wren Road, between Northwest Leisy and Glencoe roads., "Portland Wednesday traffic: Glenn Jackson Bridge/I-205 closes overnight for sign bridge installation," 14 Aug. 2019 That phase, expected to cost $9.4 million, will include replacing the culvert on McCullough with a larger one to improve the flow of runoff to the new channel. Austin Taylor Staff Writer,, "With 34 houses gone, a San Antonio neighborhood could beat the odds in the next deluge," 29 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce culvert (audio) \

Kids Definition of culvert

: a drain or waterway crossing under a road or railroad

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