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[vahy-uh-duhkt] /ˈvaɪ əˌdʌkt/
a bridge for carrying a road, railroad, etc., over a valley or the like, consisting of a number of short spans.
Origin of viaduct
1810-20; < Latin via way + (aque)duct Unabridged
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  • The river is here spanned by the Chicago Great Western railway steel bridge, or viaduct, one of the longest in the country.

  • Holborn Circus was formed in connection with the approaches to the viaduct.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • And to think that that morning they had been near blowing up the viaduct at Dannemarie!

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Then he walked off toward the viaduct steps, and Mr. Judd looked after him.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • Approaching the brink of the ravine at a point some distance from the viaduct, the boys glanced below.

    The Young Railroaders Francis Lovell Coombs
  • Horror piled on horror is the story from Johnstown down to the viaduct.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • In his walks he chanced near the lake and paced the viaduct that leads out upon the pier.

  • The length of this viaduct is 105 yards, and the highest of the seven arches about fifty feet.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • The cattle did not come directly through the viaduct as the pigs had done.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for viaduct


a bridge, esp for carrying a road or railway across a valley, etc, consisting of a set of arches supported by a row of piers or towers
Word Origin
C19: from Latin via way + dūcere to bring, on the model of aqueduct
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Word Origin and History for viaduct

1816, from Latin via "road" (see via) + -duct as in aqueduct. French viaduc is an English loan-word.

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