overpass

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A 1905 overpass over a road in Lewin Kłodzki, Poland

EtymologyEdit

over- +‎ pass

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  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈəʊvə(ɹ)pæs/, /ˈəʊvə(ɹ)pɑːs/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /əʊvə(ɹ)ˈpæs/, /əʊvə(ɹ)ˈpɑːs/

NounEdit

overpass (plural overpasses) (chiefly US, Canada)

  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.
    • 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic[1], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, ISSN 0027-9358, OCLC 1049714034, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
      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.

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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.
    • 1877, Robert Browning, Agamemnon
      The o'er-roofing snare that neither great thing might,
      Nor any of the young ones, overpass Captivity's great sweep-net
    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.

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