American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sewer or drain crossing under a road or embankment.
- n. The part of a road or embankment that passes over such a sewer or drain.
- n. The channel or conduit for such a sewer or drain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An arched or flat-covered drain of brickwork or masonry carried under a road, railroad, canal, etc., for the passage of water.
- False; villainous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A transverse drain or waterway of masonry under a road, railroad, canal, etc.; a small bridge.
- n. a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
- Obscure, possibly dialect or related to the name of the long-forgotten inventor, or possibly from French couvert ("covered"), although couvert cannot be used in the same way, and the introduction of an l to make the English word is difficult to explain. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Worse, a metal snag in culvert had broken one of the straps.”
“Neighbors say the culvert is a hazard, and they want the city to make it safer.”
“A culvert is a covered structure that redirects water flow under a road.”
“Why wasn't that so-called culvert built high enough so water doesn't go over the top?" asked Apple Valley resident Joe Monroe.”
“If you poke around among the shrubs that mask the wall, you will find a kind of culvert -- I suppose to let the water out of the city in heavy rains.”
“A "culvert" is a bridge of small span giving passage to drainage.”
“It looks as though our letter settled all chance of selling the kind of culvert it was making, for it immediately quit the campaign for business.”
“You form around each end of the culvert and fill it with concrete.”
“I love beavers, I almost died after getting stuck in a culvert I was cleaning that they had plugged.”
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