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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The 4-year-old cat's final GPS point showed him between Bel Air Crest Road and the Sepulveda Boulevard underpass. Madeline Holcombe And Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Mountain lion known for crossing 405 killed on the same Los Angeles freeway," 8 Sep. 2019 The intersection is past a highway underpass from the North County Square shopping center. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Box truck strikes, seriously injures person in wheelchair in Vista," 8 Aug. 2019 Getting to North Avenue Beach Pedestrians: Bridges, tunnels or underpasses at Fullerton Avenue, Division Street, Scott Street, Chicago Avenue, North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach provide easy access to the lakefront and North Avenue Beach. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Air and Water Show 2019: Dates, transportation tips and everything else you need to know to go," 7 Aug. 2019 The district is proposing underpasses to allow for continuous trails because of traffic volume on Westheimer Parkway and Cinco Ranch Boulevard. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Willow Fork Drainage District proposes pedestrian underpasses, seeks TxDOT funding," 23 July 2019 During a flood Avoid low spots, like ditches, basements, or underpasses. National Geographic, "Flood safety tips," 23 July 2019 At first glance, the picture of a herd of wild elephants lumbering through a freeway underpass looks out of place. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma exhibition shows desecration of Africa as people crowd out animals," 2 July 2019 There’s only one partial extension, at the West 73rd Street railroad underpass. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Should Burke Lakefront Airport close? Coalition keeps important question alive – Steven Litt," 11 Aug. 2019 One solution to reduce wildlife deaths would be wildlife overpasses or underpasses -- bridges built to let animals move freely over or beneath roads without ever sharing space with cars. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "To protect wildlife, national park rangers use an unusual tool: radar guns," 25 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce underpass (audio) \

Kids Definition of underpass

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

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