culvert

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English[edit]

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A side view of the water
A culvert draining into a small river.

Etymology[edit]

Origin obscure,[1] with a number of possible etymologies suggested.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌlvə(ɹ)t/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

culvert (plural culverts)

  1. A transverse channel under a road or railway for the draining of water.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 91
      A raft of twigs stayed upon a stone, suddenly detached itself, and floated towards the culvert.
    • 1996, Janette Turner Hospital, Oyster, Virago Press, paperback edition, page 167
      After she left, I ran away for a day, and hid myself, solitary, in a culvert under the railway lines.

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Verb[edit]

culvert (third-person singular simple present culverts, present participle culverting, simple past and past participle culverted)

  1. To channel (a stream of water) through a culvert.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “culvert”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, retrieved 3 October 2020.

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French colvert, from Late Latin collībertus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkulvɛrt/, /ˈkulward/

Adjective[edit]

culvert

  1. vile, nefarious

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