overpass

verb
over·​pass | \ ˌō-vər-ˈpas How to pronounce overpass (audio) \
overpassed; overpassing; overpasses

Definition of overpass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

overpass

noun
over·​pass | \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas How to pronounce overpass (audio) \

Definition of overpass (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Examples of overpass in a Sentence

Verb

to keep peace in the family, he was forced to overpass his in-laws' frequent put-downs a filmmaker whose technical bravura overpasses his ability to tell a coherent story

Noun

Boys stood beneath the highway overpass. Traffic was stalled on the overpass.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Clearview Parkway and Cleary Avenue overpasses at I-10 are closed. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "I-10, other New Orleans metro roads, bridges stay closed with another hard freeze ahead," 17 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The youths were charged after a sandbag dropped from an interstate overpass crashed through the window of a vehicle below and hit Marquise Byrd, 22, on December 19, 2017. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "4 teens who dropped sandbag on car, killing man, ordered to youth facility," 7 Apr. 2018 The last of four teens charged in the throwing of a sandbag from an interstate overpass in Ohio that killed a Michigan man riding in a car has pleaded guilty. Detroit Free Press, "Last teen pleads guilty in death of passenger hit by sandbag on I-75," 23 Feb. 2018 Bus riders get off on Northeast Pacific Street and then cross busy Montlake Boulevard or take a four-minute walk on a pedestrian overpass before descending 90 feet to the station platform. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 Two people were killed and dozens more were injured Monday when an explosion sent flames shooting into the sky from a Bologna-area highway overpass, causing a bridge to partially collapse, Italian police and media reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Bologna highway explosion leaves 2 dead, up to 70 injured, Italian police say," 2 Oct. 2018 The railway platform was protected from the early afternoon sun by a freeway overpass. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Pushed to the Inland Empire by the high cost of living, LAFC's Benny Feilhaber learned to enjoy his hours-long commute by train," 8 June 2018 The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting May 31 to discuss construction on several I-894 overpass bridges in Milwaukee County. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin DOT schedules meeting on Milwaukee County I-894 overpass bridge construction," 23 May 2018 At least 10 people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off a slippery overpass into a Louisiana canal. Bloomberg.com, "Across the South, It's Snow, Ice and Record-Breaking Cold," 17 Jan. 2018 In video taken from an overpass on Route 46 in Little Falls, located about 20 miles west of New York City, several cars can be seen floating away down the Peckman River in Passaic County from the parking lot of a dealership. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "New Jersey flash floods send cars floating down river, piling up against bridge," 12 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of overpass

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overpass was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for overpass

overpass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overpass

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

overpass

noun
over·​pass | \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas How to pronounce overpass (audio) \

Kids Definition of overpass

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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