via·​duct | \ ˈvī-ə-ˌdəkt How to pronounce viaduct (audio) \

Definition of viaduct

: a long elevated roadway usually consisting of a series of short spans supported on arches, piers, or columns

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Examples of viaduct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At times in recent months, the monitor has pinpointed him sleeping on the stony ground beneath Salt Lake City’s Guadalupe viaduct. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 The change was possible because repairs to the viaduct had extended its life to 2040, and U.S. Rep. John B. Larson was pushing for highway tunnels. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 6 Mar. 2022 But to improve service, rail improvements need to be made, including on the Connecticut River Bridge between Enfield and Windsor Locks and the rail viaduct at Union Station. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 6 Mar. 2022 The high-speed rail viaduct paralleling Highway 99 near Fresno, Calif., Oct. 9, 2019. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 What remains are mostly tiny and tricky lots like 1490, which faces onto a subway viaduct and is partly taken up by a rock escarpment. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Late on the first Monday of 2022, a handful of cars drove across the viaduct. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 And two blocks west on Lawrence Avenue, on the other side of a railway viaduct, sits the small park the camera is ostensibly protecting from speeding cars. Tracy Swartz,, 13 Aug. 2021 Or take Exit 204 off I-40 near Walnut Canyon and cross the railroad viaduct. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of viaduct

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viaduct

Latin via way, road + English aqueduct

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25 Mar 2022

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“Viaduct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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via·​duct | \ ˈvī-ə-ˌdəkt How to pronounce viaduct (audio) \

Kids Definition of viaduct

: a bridge for carrying a road or railroad over something (as a gorge or highway)

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