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overpass

verb over·pass \ ˌō-vər-ˈpas \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of overpass

1 : to pass across, over, or beyond : cross; also : surpass

Examples of overpass in a Sentence

  1. to keep peace in the family, he was forced to overpass his in-laws' frequent put-downs

  2. a filmmaker whose technical bravura overpasses his ability to tell a coherent story

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First Known Use of overpass

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overpass

noun over·pass \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas \

Definition of overpass

: a crossing of two highways or of a highway and pedestrian path or railroad at different levels where clearance to traffic on the lower level is obtained by elevating the higher level; also : the upper level of such a crossing

Examples of overpass in a Sentence

  1. Boys stood beneath the highway overpass.

  2. Traffic was stalled on the overpass.

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First Known Use of overpass

1929

in the meaning defined above

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OVERPASS Defined for English Language Learners

overpass

Definition of overpass for English Language Learners

  • : a bridge that allows a road or railroad to cross over another


OVERPASS Defined for Kids

overpass

noun over·pass \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas \

Definition of overpass for Students

1 : a crossing (as of two highways or a highway and a railroad) at different levels usually by means of a bridge
2 : the upper level of an overpass


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