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culvert (noun) a drain, a waterway, or a pipe for water under a road or a railway.
A small waterway, usually a pipe or a drain, under a road or a railway track is a culvert. It avoids the water flooding the road or the railway. It also protects it from being breached during rains.
- The culvert at that point of the road, built some seventy years ago has been blocked by mud and weeds, and as a result, the water has flowed on to the road.
- With open fields and uneven ground on either side of the road, culverts are necessary at various points along the road to make it an all-weather road.