Culvert
Culvert Cul"vert (k?l"v?rt), n. [Prob. from OF. coulouere, F. couloir, channel, gutter, gallery, fr. couler to flow. See {Cullis}.] A transverse drain or waterway of masonry under a road, railroad, canal, etc.; a small bridge. [1913 Webster]

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  • culvert — (n.) 1773, origin unknown, perhaps, as Weekley suggests, the name of a long forgotten engineer or bridge builder …   Etymology dictionary

  • culvert — [n] ditch for flow of water canal, channel, conduit, drain, duct, gutter, pipe, watercourse; concept 509 …   New thesaurus

  • culvert — ► NOUN ▪ a tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railway. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • culvert — [kul′vərt] n. [late 18th c. < ?] a conduit, esp. a drain, as a pipelike construction of stone, concrete, or metal, that passes under a road, railroad track, footpath, etc. or through an embankment …   English World dictionary

  • Culvert — A large stone culvert (1888–89) in Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia. The structure formerly supported a railroad. A culvert is a device used to channel water. It may be used to allow water to pass underneath a road, railway, or embankment.… …   Wikipedia

  • culvert — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1773 1. a transverse drain 2. a conduit for a culvert 3. a bridge over a culvert …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • culvert — UK [ˈkʌlvə(r)t] / US [ˈkʌlvərt] noun [countable] Word forms culvert : singular culvert plural culverts a very wide pipe that carries water under a road or railway line …   English dictionary

  • culvert — noun A transverse channel under a road or railway for the draining of water. A raft of twigs stayed upon a stone, suddenly detached itself, and floated towards the culvert …   Wiktionary

  • culvert — [[t]kʌ̱lvə(r)t[/t]] culverts N COUNT A culvert is a water pipe or sewer that crosses under a road or railway …   English dictionary

  • culvert — noun they were concerned with the foul smell from the water in the culvert Syn: channel, conduit, watercourse, trough; drain, gutter, ditch …   Thesaurus of popular words

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