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 The northbound Lodge Freeway was closed after a Wayne County salt truck hit a sign on the Puritan overpass around 3:30 a.m., spilling salt and hydraulic fluid. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Christmas snow, bitter cold cause closures, spinouts on Detroit area roads," 25 Dec. 2020 The gunfire hit at least five cars and wounded a salesman as the man drove on Southwest Canyon Road near the Oregon Zoo overpass. oregonlive, "Snipers terrorized Portland 45 years ago; attacks seen as manifestation of 1970s anger and frustration," 4 Dec. 2020 Two patients were taken to a hospital after the boat crashed about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the canal parallel to Southern Boulevard near the Congress Avenue overpass. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Boat crash kills one and injures two others in canal near West Palm Beach," 27 Oct. 2020 Ralston was traveling northbound on the interstate near the Gateway Drive overpass when traffic was stopped because of another accident further north on the roadway. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Maryland man killed in three-vehicle crash on I-85 in Opelika," 2 Sep. 2020 In 2015, he was nominated for an award along with Dallas police Officer Daniel Mulvihill for saving a South Dallas man who was about to jump from an overpass. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "‘Everything just happened so fast’: Sgt. ‘Bronco’ McCoy becomes first Dallas police officer to die of COVID-19," 18 Nov. 2020 We were stopped on the old trolley tracks a few dozen yards from the Delaware Expressway overpass. Michael Deagler, Harper's Magazine, "New Poets," 27 Oct. 2020 Nearly everything north of the I-5 overpass in Phoenix appears to have been scorched. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Satellite images show Phoenix and Talent, Oregon, have been nearly wiped out by wildfire," 10 Sep. 2020 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

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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 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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