un·​der·​pass | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpas How to pronounce underpass (audio) \

Definition of underpass

: a crossing of a highway and another way (such as a road or railroad) at different levels also : the lower level of such a crossing

Examples of underpass in a Sentence

We stood on the bridge and looked down at the underpass.
Recent Examples on the Web During this closure, the underpass of Scenic Loop Road and I-10 will also be shut down. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Overpass demolition will force Interstate 10 traffic in Boerne onto frontage roads," 28 Apr. 2021 The north exit from Tenean Beach on Conley Street is grim — lots of windblown trash in the underpass beneath the Southeast Expressway — and the right turn onto Tenean Street at the stop sign follows behind industrial buildings with no sidewalk. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Harborwalk in four easy pieces," 28 Apr. 2021 At least one crash at the underpass has occurred within the past week. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's infamous 'can opener' underpass will get much-needed warning system," 21 Apr. 2021 As the project grows, Regan has plans to repair the peeling white paint of the underpass, so more names can be added. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Volunteers create Black Lives Matter memorial under the Red Line in Rogers Park with the names of people killed by police," 30 Dec. 2020 The original image was taken in Guangzhou, China, several years ago and shows the underpass was not painted. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Comedian satirically altered image to show pride-themed, spike-covered underpass," 8 Apr. 2021 Magnetta also stresses infrastructure projects with a special emphasis on the underpass at routes 120 and 83. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Four candidates battling for three seats on Grayslake Village Board of Trustees," 22 Mar. 2021 Cuyahoga Count Municipal Grant money is being used to slightly narrow the roadway at the Marsol underpass and shift it a little bit to the south. cleveland, "Mayfield Heights connectivity plan gets under way on Marsol Road, but Woodhawk Drive residents are resisting," 12 Mar. 2021 The vehicle drove into pedestrians in an underpass on B Street near San Diego City College around 9 a.m., police said. NBC News, "3 dead, several injured in San Diego after car drives into pedestrians," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of underpass

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underpass was in 1903

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8 May 2021

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“Underpass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpass. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underpass

: a place where a road or railroad crosses under another road or railroad


un·​der·​pass | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpas How to pronounce underpass (audio) \

Kids Definition of underpass

: a road or passage that runs under something (as another road)

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