[noun oh-ver-pas, -pahs; verb oh-ver-pas, -pahs]
- a road, pedestrian walkway, railroad, bridge, etc., crossing over some barrier, as another road or walkway.
- to pass over or traverse (a region, space, etc.): We had overpassed the frontier during the night.
- to pass beyond (specified limits, bounds, etc.); exceed; overstep; transgress: to overpass the bounds of good judgment.
- to get over (obstacles, difficulties, etc.); surmount: to overpass the early days of privation and uncertainty.
- to go beyond, exceed, or surpass: Greed had somehow overpassed humanitarianism.
- to pass through (time, experiences, etc.): to overpass one's apprenticeship.
- to overlook; ignore; disregard; omit: We could hardly overpass such grievous faults. The board overpassed him when promotions were awarded.
Origin of overpass
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Examples from the Web for overpass
They pulled the elegant wagon on a slow pace along for a block and then made a U-turn beneath the Palmetto overpass.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
The car comes under the overpass, we boom up, the car pulls in, the train pulls, then run across to the train.The Look of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
March 7, 2014
The street beneath an overpass is littered with minivans and SUVs that had been washed inland.Shocking Videos and Photos From the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
The Daily Beast
March 11, 2011
It is, in fact, so mean and abject as almost to overpass belief.
As the outcome of this, promises are apt to overpass the powers of fulfilment.Principles of Political Economy
Arthur Latham Perry
What a ring-fence of horror and contagion for all comers and goers to overpass!The Coming of the Friars
I believe he just mentioned the overpass over the Elm Street.
Were the people on the overpass in a fairly tight group, or spread out over the overpass?
- another name for flyover (def. 1)
- to pass over, through, or across
- to exceed
- to get over
- to ignore
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Word Origin and History for overpass
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