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[vahy-uh-duhkt] /ˈvaɪ əˌdʌkt/
a bridge for carrying a road, railroad, etc., over a valley or the like, consisting of a number of short spans.
Origin of viaduct
1810-20; < Latin via way + (aque)duct Unabridged
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  • All this time the papers were busy with the viaduct scandal.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • And to think that that morning they had been near blowing up the viaduct at Dannemarie!

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • We had come out from the shadow of the viaduct, and he halted as I spoke.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • The viaduct was 17 ft. wide over all, and consisted of two 100-ft.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • Between Thoule and Cannes the railway crosses the viaduct of the Siagne.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • Holborn Circus was formed in connection with the approaches to the viaduct.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • The viaduct reached the ground; a path led on to the houses.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • Then he walked off toward the viaduct steps, and Mr. Judd looked after him.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • Horror piled on horror is the story from Johnstown down to the viaduct.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for viaduct


a bridge, esp for carrying a road or railway across a valley, etc, consisting of a set of arches supported by a row of piers or towers
Word Origin
C19: from Latin via way + dūcere to bring, on the model of aqueduct
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Word Origin and History for viaduct

1816, from Latin via "road" (see via) + -duct as in aqueduct. French viaduc is an English loan-word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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