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A 1905 overpass over a road in Lewin Kłodzki, Poland


over- +‎ pass


overpass (plural overpasses) (US)

  1. A section of a road or path that crosses over an obstacle, especially another road, railway, etc.
    The homeless man had built a little shelter, complete with cook-stove, beneath a concrete overpass.
    • February 2018, Robert Draper in National Geographic Magazine, They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet
      By visible evidence, this Saturday morning is a comparatively placid one. Earlier in the week a young man had died after being stabbed in a flat, and from the overpass at Archway Road, darkly referred to as “suicide bridge,” another man had jumped to his death.



underpass (US&UK) subway (UK)


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overpass (third-person singular simple present overpasses, present participle overpassing, simple past and past participle overpassed)

  1. To pass above something, as when flying or moving on a higher road.
    Gillian watched the overpassing shoppers on the second floor of the mall, as she relaxed in the bench on the ground floor.
  2. (transitive) To exceed, overstep, or transcend a limit, threshold, or goal.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Robert Browning to this entry?)
    Marshall was really overpassing his authority when he ordered the security guards to fire their tasers at the trespassers.
    The precocious student had really overpassed her peers, and was reading books written for children several years older.
  3. (transitive) To disregard, skip, or miss something.
    "Don't overpass those cheeses; they're really quite excellent!" gushed Terry, pointing to the buffet table.
    • Milton
      All the beauties of the East / He slightly viewed and slightly overpassed.