[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for culvert


/ (ˈkʌlvət) /


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 for culvert

C18: of unknown origin
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