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.

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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 The area is near a railroad underpass and the current quickly swept the car away with the woman trapped inside. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Firefighters jump into Louisiana floodwaters to save a woman's life," 6 June 2019 In the coming fiscal year, the city also will fund two new freeway underpass art projects and conduct extra power washing of downtown's sidewalks, the City Council agreed in a special meeting Wednesday. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas agrees to continue funding for temporary restrooms," 18 June 2018 Council members also agreed to include $192,567 for public art displays on the Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard freeway underpasses. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas agrees to continue funding for temporary restrooms," 18 June 2018 Tucked under a bustling underpass in Brooklyn, there’s a thin storefront sandwiched between two run-of-the-mill apartment buildings. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Brooklyn’s Bar Beau Is the Latest Hidden Hotspot You Need to Visit," 24 Nov. 2018 This is the second time in a year an alderman has called for the overnight closure of a lakefront underpass. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Alderman wants lakefront underpass at Chicago Avenue closed overnight to end late-night partying in park," 27 June 2018 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

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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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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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