• WordNet 3.6
    • n culvert a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Culvert A transverse drain or waterway of masonry under a road, railroad, canal, etc.; a small bridge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n culvert An arched or flat-covered drain of brickwork or masonry carried under a road, railroad, canal, etc., for the passage of water.
    • culvert False; villainous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Culvert kul′vėrt an arched channel of masonry for carrying water beneath a road, railway, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from OF. coulouere, F. couloir, channel, gutter, gallery, fr. couler, to flow. See Cullis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Fr. couler, to flow—L. colāre.


In literature:

Under the natural culvert, formed by the trunk fallen across, they cast their lines, using flies from their hook.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
On his right lay a string of flats piled high with timbers for bridges and culverts.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
A narrow canal or culvert.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Just beyond Peekskill the road ran under a culvert and a sharp turn on the other side made it impossible to see what was on the road ahead.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Short culverts may sometimes be blown in.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
A culvert has now been constructed for this purpose, so that the cutting of the Bar is now superseded.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Houses were demolished, swept from their foundations and carried in the flood to a culvert near the town.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
There's some of those culverts make me quake when I think of the big ice gorges likely to form along Dolliver's Creek.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
By day, we concealed ourselves under culverts, in ditches, under heaps of brush.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Culverts and bridges, telegraph lines and posts, disappeared like the smoke of their burning.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier

In poetry:

They do not see cattle cropping red winter grass,
They do not hear
Snow water going down under culverts
Shallow and clear.
"Women" by Louise Bogan
How can they deal with city needs,
While Bungalong or Rooville pleads,
For culverts, and Wow-wow grows sick
Through want of bridges o'er its "crick?"
"Asking Too Much" by C J Dennis

In news:

It took 10 years for several public entities like the Town of Barnstable and the Army Corps of Engineers to implement a relatively micro-sized project known as the Stewart's Creek Culvert.
While cycling on a quiet side street in Pelican Bay, my front bike tire hit a gap in the pavement and slipped into the wet drainage culvert and spun out of control.
WESTPORT — There's no way through Drift Road for now as crews rebuild the flood-damaged Sam Tripp Brook bridge and culvert.
EDMOND — Two Edmond men face drug complaints after officers found about 95 grams of marijuana at a railroad tracks draining culvert, according to an incident report.
Two Edmond men face drug complaints after officers found about 95 grams of marijuana at a railroad tracks draining culvert, according to an incident.
Storm drainage culverts will be replaced.
Slowly, carefully, Danny Rogers slipped a tooth on the end of his small excavator's scoop bucket between the five-foot culvert and the large concrete plug that has blocked it for the past 25 years.
During the interim, a contractor installed box culverts beginning in December 2008 and finishing in February 2009, to reestablish traffic over the river and to tie two parts of the village together.
Flash flood speeds up culvert replacement.
One business in Grass Valley, Moule Paint and Glass on East Main and Berryhill Dr, was completely flooded as a culvert up hill from the shop backed up in the early morning hours on Sunday.
No foul play in death of Warren man found in culvert.
Landscape architect Brian Bartell stands in Bel Air's Plumtree Park, where a stream buried in a culvert will soon see daylight.
Two salmon spawn in Dogfish Creek at 8th Avenue and Lincoln Road, Wednesday, after Public Works crews cleared a blocked culvert.
The intersection of Hull Road and Paradise Canyon will be elevated and transformed with the installation of box culverts to relieve the usual flooding that occurs there in heavy rainstorms.
According to District 1 Commissioner Bob Jackson, some culverts have multiple illegal crossings.