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 The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana have led the country in finding solutions, building 41 underpasses and one large overpass for wildlife to cross safely. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Grizzly Bear Death Rates Are Climbing," 10 Feb. 2020 But beneath an underpass in the 100 block of L Street NE, residents worry about violence, thefts and forced encampment cleanups. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Days after a D.C. encampment is cleared, some homeless are choosing the streets over shelters," 25 Jan. 2020 At 50 feet, water covers low-lying areas of Kellogg Avenue east of Delta Avenue to past the I-275 underpass to near Coney Island and Belterra Park. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio River close to flood stage in Cincinnati: What to expect," 11 Feb. 2020 Homeless people have pitched tents in encampments on bridges and underpasses, in bushy canyons, riverbeds, railroad sidings or simply in front of businesses. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "The homeless are fed and embraced across the country at Thanksgiving. The rest of the year? Cities are pushing back," 28 Nov. 2019 Three people died and three were hospitalized Wednesday following a crash on Antoine Drive at the North Sam Houston Parkway underpass, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Three dead, three hurt in crash in northwest Harris County," 5 Feb. 2020 The same camera also captured a trio of racoons dangling off the branches of a shrub outside the tunnel and a bobcat slinking through the underpass. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Wildlife cam shows coyote playfully leading badger into tunnel near Santa Cruz mountains," 4 Feb. 2020 Floodwaters left some motorists stranded as the rain collected in free underpasses and turned normally passable washes into torrents. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona's biggest weather stories of the past 10 years: Heat, floods and dust storms," 30 Dec. 2019 The exit ramp is very dark, contains multiple sweeping curves and an underpass, which must be navigated without the aid of significant road markers. John Thompson, ajc, "TAKE TO TASK," 21 Dec. 2019

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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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“Underpass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpass. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underpass

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


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Kids Definition of underpass

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

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