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[kuhl-vert] /ˈkʌl vərt/
a drain or channel crossing under a road, sidewalk, etc.; sewer; conduit.
Origin of culvert
First recorded in 1765-75; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • The adjacency of the edge of the culvert warned him of what had befallen.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • It also indicates to the drivers the location of the end of the culvert.

  • These are usually constructed with endwalls integral with the barrel of the culvert.

  • "I don't know—I couldn't see—we ran into a culvert," replied Maud.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • There was a shrieking streak of white and he disappeared under a culvert.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Their crossing was at a culvert, where the road passed under the tracks.

  • Every little bridge and culvert had been known and was provided for.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • The contractors then built the culvert which has a barrel 140 ft. long.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for culvert


a drain or covered channel that crosses under a road, railway, etc
a channel for an electric cable
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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