overpass

verb
over·​pass | \ ˌō-vər-ˈpas \
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 \

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

Leaving downtown, these buses will use the Edgar Martinez Drive overpass to reach First Avenue South. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "What will the Highway 99 tunnel opening mean for bus routes, detours and tsunamis? We answer those questions and more," 12 Dec. 2018 For 50 miles along Interstate 17 southbound, on every overpass and at every exit ramp, people watched the procession. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "For McCain, a cross-country farewell from public, presidents," 26 Aug. 2018 Underground at Ink Block is an 8-acre space beneath the overpass that cuts through the South End and South Boston. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Castle Island Brewing Co. scraps plans for Ink Block beer garden this summer," 9 July 2018 That $6 million will be used to design the overpass project. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Northpark Drive expansion estimate grows to nearly $86 million," 29 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The crash left wreckage strewn below the overpass in an area beside the nearby roads. Ian Cummings, Joe Robertson, Robert A. Cronkleton And Tammy Ljungblad, kansascity, "'Miracle he's alive': Driver hospitalized after semi truck falls off overpass in KCK," 25 June 2018 Kevin Hoffer was driving underneath an overpass when chunks of snow and ice displaced from a plow truck crashed onto his SUV's windshield. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Terrifying Viral Video Shows Falling Snow Shatter a Driver's Windshield," 5 Dec. 2018 Property damage Graffiti was found at 10:32 a.m. April 27 from underneath the overpass of Route 83 near the 1400 block of Kensington Road. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: man exposes himself to woman at Oakbrook Center store," 4 May 2018 The two men forced the couple to drive to a blighted area underneath the Franklin Avenue overpass, police said, where Simeon shot Martes once in the head. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Accused murderer, rapist pleads guilty to 2008 attack on abducted couple," 22 Jan. 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

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

overpass

noun
over·​pass | \ ˈō-vər-ˌpas \

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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