un·​der·​pass | \ˈən-dər-ˌpas \

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.

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The waterfront corporation plans to improve the Columbia Avenue underpass with an artful lighting scheme, similar to the ones at Race and Spring Garden streets. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 Most of the Arboretum is on the north side of the Beltline, but a 200-acre section known as the Grady Tract is south of the highway and can be reached from several roads as well as a pedestrian underpass. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison Arboretum draws hikers, birders and researchers," 11 May 2018 There could be flooding around streets, underpasses, low-lying areas and areas around canals. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "It's raining (again). And there's a flood advisory for part of Miami-Dade (again).," 31 May 2018 Beyond Walls teamed with MassDevelopment on a similar fund drive last year, using the proceeds to install LED lighting at the Central Square underpass, and for that year’s mural festival. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Beyond Walls is fund-raising for mural festival in Lynn," 29 May 2018 Construction has begun on a pedestrian underpass, elevated platforms, new lighting, signs, shelters and other improvements at the Poinsettia Coaster Station in south Carlsbad. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Work starts on Coaster station improvements," 5 May 2018 To do that, though, engineers will have to build special overpasses or underpasses and hope the predators take notice. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Long-Term Fixes More permanent solutions include constructing overpasses or underpasses as safe crossing points for the elephants, elevating the railway track, or re-aligning the track away from sensitive areas. National Geographic, "Can Bees Help Save Elephants From Train Strikes?," 20 June 2018 Much of the money -- $155,467-- would go for the Encinitas Boulevard project, which consists of a 3-foot-wide decorative ribbon of mosaic work running along the walls approaching the underpass. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas agrees to continue funding for temporary restrooms," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of underpass

1903, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of underpass

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

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