- a drain or channel crossing under a road, sidewalk, etc.; sewer; conduit.
Origin of culvert
First recorded in 1765–75; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for culvert
She was driving to meet a reporter waiting in an Oklahoma City motel when she crashed into the concrete wing wall of a culvert.Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing Saga Mirrors the Karen Silkwood Case
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A culvert packed with explosives presents a particularly dangerous and challenging problem.Remember the Living
May 26, 2013
The adjacency of the edge of the culvert warned him of what had befallen.The Law-Breakers
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
There was a shrieking streak of white and he disappeared under a culvert.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
- 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
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.
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