Definition of culvert in English:


Line breaks: cul|vert
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌlvət


  • A tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railway.
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    • The tanks, roads, culverts and lagoon opening have all suffered through the lack of maintenance.
    • Aggravating the problems is a pair of culverts through Provincial Road 205, which have been set at the wrong level.
    • These criminal acts will retard progress and push up costs of building the road as the demolished culverts will have to be replaced.


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  • Channel (a stream or drain) through a culvert: we have asked for the river to be culverted (as adjective culverted) a culverted drain
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    • Sprawl and malls are filling in the vacant lots and woodlands where we used to play; rivers and streams are culverted, channelized, and barren; and the coasts, lakesides, and mountains are spotted with trophy homes and locked gates.
    • He made his report following a motion that the stream be culverted.
    • Or it might have happened later, when the creek was culverted and the woods cut down to make way for subdivisions and shopping malls.


late 18th century: of unknown origin.

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