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culvert

[kuhl-vert] /ˈkʌl vərt/
noun
1.
a drain or channel crossing under a road, sidewalk, etc.; sewer; conduit.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for culvert
  • Huge culvert pipes and heavy concrete boxes had been laid on their sides nearby to serve as shelters, but they were not much used.
  • The work includes the removal and replacement of a flood damaged culvert.
  • The existing culvert is a bottomless structural plate arch mounted on concrete footings.
British Dictionary definitions for culvert

culvert

/ˈkʌlvət/
noun
1.
a drain or covered channel that crosses under a road, railway, etc
2.
a channel for an electric cable
3.
a tunnel through which water is pumped into or out of a dry dock
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for culvert
n.

1773, origin unknown, perhaps, as Weekley suggests, the name of a long-forgotten engineer or bridge-builder.

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