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 leach field is situated just above U.S. 189 where a wildlife underpass has been installed. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 But of all the obstacles the 35-feet high flying horse encounters, the most challenging is the Interstate 65 underpass. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2022 Other memorable performances include that one time in a freeway underpass near the Arts District, or a house dubbed the Titanic house because of its address: 1912. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 But peeing on the beach stinks and turns an otherwise pristine camp into a skeezy freeway underpass. Outside Online, 4 May 2021 The bill also introduces a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a $50 fine — which could be waived — and community service, for camping along highways, including under bridges or overpasses, or within an underpass. CBS News, 14 Apr. 2022 The vehicle struck a concrete pillar at the Arkansas 365 underpass, troopers said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 8 Apr. 2022 Montgomery County dedicated a new pedestrian underpass beneath Rockville Pike (Route 355) at the Medical Center Metro station Friday in honor of a former county official. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 The heat of tires can melt snow and ice on them, leaving it to drip onto the apparently clear surface of the road beneath the underpass. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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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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