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


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 Sometimes, Radulov has the propensity to overpass the puck, particularly on the rush. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ Best of the Season: Alexander Radulov turns season around with hat trick vs. Wild," 27 Mar. 2020 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 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 Voting remained steady throughout the day as the line of voters stretched north on East 30th Street, left on Chester Avenue and extended on the overpass above Interstate 71. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "What to know for Election Day in Ohio: The Wake Up for Monday, Nov. 2, 2020," 2 Nov. 2020 On Monday, a firefighter was seen picking up an injured rabbit under a smoky freeway overpass. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Firefighters rescue little owl from Southern California's Silverado Fire," 28 Oct. 2020 And in 2018, dozens of Long Island high school students were injured after their charter bus struck a bridge overpass, shearing off much of the roof. Troy Closson, New York Times, "4 Killed in Wrong-Way Highway Crash on Long Island," 15 Sep. 2020 According to the California Highway Patrol, a blue Tesla collided with a red sedan under the state Route 78 overpass at College Boulevard about 3 p.m. One of the two vehicles overturned, landing on its roof. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fatal collision in Oceanside," 12 Sep. 2020 The 280 and 101 freeways had to be crossed without an overpass. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: ‘This isn’t a blip’ — another L.A. coronavirus surge," 10 Nov. 2020 Officers followed suit and one of them jumped off the overpass when the man did, police said. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati officer injured in jump from overpass during foot chase," 10 Nov. 2020 Lewis hit the pillar, which shredded the car's passenger side, and crashed into two vehicles parked under the overpass, according to police. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Driver critically wounded in fiery Kenner crash has died of his injuries, police say," 20 Oct. 2020 The Arkansas Department of Transportation said Monday afternoon repairs were finished on an overpass on Interstate 40 near Conway. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, "I-40 overpass near Conway repaired," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of overpass


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Overpass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpass. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overpass

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


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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