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

Some of the projects involve what are called grade separations, with roadway overpasses or underpasses where vehicle traffic crosses railroad tracks at grade level. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "$19M federal grant slated to improve rail crossings," 12 June 2019 To reach the community from Pearland, take the Meridiana Parkway exit from Texas 288 and turn left onto the overpass into Meridiana. Houston Chronicle, "Meridiana welcomes Drees Custom Homes; new model now open," 9 June 2019 Homelessness first emerged as a crisis in Los Angeles in the 1980s, when encampments began to appear under downtown freeway overpasses. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "Why L.A. County’s homelessness crisis has been decades in the making," 5 June 2019 The man climbed onto the metal fence sometime before 10:20 a.m. Several San Jose police officers arrived to overpass and attempted to coax the man down, according to one witness. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Man killed after jumping off overpass onto Highway 101," 4 June 2019 Four people were injured after a car crashed into a Casselberry overpass early Tuesday at Red Bug Lake Road and State Road 436, according to a report by WKMG. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "4 hurt after vehicle crashes into Casselberry overpass: report," 4 June 2019 Weather permitting, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is aiming to open the overpass by Thursday. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Renton’s freeway carpool lanes make a $197 million connection this week," 19 Feb. 2019 The Department of Conservation and Recreation, MassDOT, and the Massachusetts State Police remind the public that many bridges and overpasses along the Charles River roads have height restrictions, most of them at or around 10 feet. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "The Students Are Coming! Boston Copes With Back-to-School Invasion," 31 Aug. 2018 All of the major routes are treated including all of downtown Portland, all the city bridges and overpasses. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Snow during the afternoon commute could cause big travel delays," 20 Feb. 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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