from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A grid, usually of parallel metal bars, set at ground level in a road or gateway as a barrier to cattle while allowing the passage of vehicles and pedestrians.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. a trench under a railroad track and alongside a crossing (as of a public highway). It is intended to prevent cattle from getting upon the track.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device to prevent cattle from straying along a railroad-track at a highway-crossing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
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She swung the truck off the highway and angled it between the pale green signs to rattle over the cattle guard.
The ride to the ranch took well over an hour, and Doug had to shake him awake as they bounced over the cattle guard.
When Joanna and Jenny arrived at the turnoff to the ranch, Clayton's rattletrap Ford pickup was just clattering over the cattle guard.
I were at your farm, I may have built a little bridge for Daisy over the cattle guard. texasphotochick said:
Turned off by the airport, took Mormon Mesa Rd. across, then turned left onto, uh, Double Negative Way, just before the cattle guard.