Culvert meaning

kŭl'vərt
A sewer or drain crossing under a road or embankment.
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The definition of culvert is a tunnel or a drain under a road or a railway that carries a stream or drainage from one side to the other.

A tunnel under the Reading Railroad that a stream flows through is an example of a culvert.

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Culvert is defined as to channel or direct a stream or drainage through a tunnel under a road or railway.

When you build an enclosed tunnel under Reading Railroad to force a stream to pass underneath the railroad, this is an example of when you culvert the stream.

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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.
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A transverse channel under a road or railway for the draining of water.
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Origin of culvert

  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary