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 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 Officers were called to the corner of S.E. Military Drive and Goliad Road shortly before 10 a.m. A Public Works Department employee had been checking water gauges and cleaning around a culvert. Mark Dunphy, San Antonio Express-News, "Man struck and killed by city utility truck on the Southeast Side, police say," 18 Mar. 2021 To ease flooding, the village has spent more than $1 million on various sewer, culvert and infrastructure projects over the last three years. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Bluff trustees Meyer and Charlot seeking to be village president in April election," 11 Mar. 2021 Volunteers and other law enforcement agencies helped Richardson police search for Sherin for two weeks before cadaver dogs found her remains in the culvert. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Texas appeals court won’t take up case of Wesley Mathews, convicted in death of 3-year-old daughter Sherin Mathews," 10 Feb. 2021 His death at the hands of a seething mob that dragged him from a culvert was captured on a cellphone camera, footage that Putin reportedly watched obsessively, according to U.S. officials. Washington Post, "At the mercy of foreign powers," 25 Feb. 2021 Sherin’s body was found hidden in a Richardson culvert two weeks after Mathews reported her missing in October 2017. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Texas appeals court won’t take up case of Wesley Mathews, convicted in death of 3-year-old daughter Sherin Mathews," 10 Feb. 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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“Culvert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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