viaduct

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n viaduct bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Viaduct A structure of considerable magnitude, usually with arches or supported on trestles, for carrying a road, as a railroad, high above the ground or water; a bridge; especially, one for crossing a valley or a gorge. Cf. Trestlework.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n viaduct An extensive bridge, consisting strictly of a series of arches of masonry, erected for the purpose of conducting a road or a railway over a valley or a district of low level, or over existing channels of communication, where an embankment would be impracticable or inexpedient; more widely, any elevated roadway for which artificial constructions of timber, iron, bricks, or stonework are established. Compare aqueduct.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Viaduct vī′a-dukt a road or railway carried by a structure over a valley, river, &c.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. via, a way + -duct, as in aqueduct,: cf. F. viaduc,. See Via, and Aqueduct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. via, a way, ducĕre, ductum, to lead, bring.

Usage

In literature:

Streets were torn up for the building of railways, viaducts, and tunnels.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
REDONDELA is one of the prettiest towns in Spain, especially as viewed from the railway viaducts.
"The Story of Eclipses" by George Chambers
It sounded like a railway train passing over a distant viaduct.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
Then we cross an inlet on a timber viaduct laid on piles driven into the bed of the lake.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Such alternating machines are employed to produce the lights now exhibited on the Holborn Viaduct and the Thames Embankment.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The impression depends on accessory circumstances; for the roar of a railway train passing over a viaduct has no such effect.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
If a valley intervenes, he will bridge it with a viaduct, which shall put to shame the grandest relics of antiquity.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
A train, brilliant with lights, glided serpent-like over the high viaduct to their left.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
The Chigi woods, that fill the deep ravine under the great viaduct at Ariccia, were in the most brilliant emerald green.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
He soon found himself under the viaduct on the Boulevard Exelmans, where he walked until he reached Point-du-Jour.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
***

In poetry:

Suddenly some invisible tentacles
Would draw into a circle lines of light,
As a massive searchlight hurtled past
On to the viaduct out of the night.
"On Early Trains" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

The viaduct as Gregoire's downfall.
The Kinzua Viaduct was once the largest and highest railway viaduct in the world serving the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad.
Serious Crash on Western Hills Viaduct Saturday.
The lower level of the Western Hills Viaduct has reopened after a two vehicle crash Saturday morning.
The wreck occurred near the eastern end of the viaduct around 9AM.
The impending Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown could cause traffic congestion to ripple far from the Seattle waterfront, transportation officials said days before the aging structure closes.
The $15.5 million Purple Line Viaduct project will reduce slow zones and improve travel time by replacing three aging viaducts along the line at Greenleaf, Dempster and Grove streets in Evanston.
The viaduct onto Sibley Parkway, from Mound Avenue to Poplar Street, has been closed to upgrade the sanitary sewer.
The Cynthiana bypass and the US 27 North viaduct replacement were scheduled for bidding in January.
Garabit Viaduct Choose another wonder.
The Viaduct Bar and Grill has emerged in the building formerly known as Murray's Refinery on North Washington Street.
For a crash course in how the engineering trade has progressed since the 1930s, compare the roadway viaducts that now stand side by side in the Presidio.
Paul Van Meter, a landscape gardener, and Liz Maille began the initiative with an eye to the Viaduct 's history.
The recent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct was forecast to be the worst traffic nightmare for the region since the Nisqually Earthquake.
KCTS 9 Connects/ Viaduct Vote.
***

In science:

In January 1882, Edison inaugurated the first electric power station of London, at the Holborn Viaduct.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
***