AskDefine | Define overpass

Dictionary Definition

overpass n : bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels; "an overpass is called a flyover or a flypast in England" [syn: flyover, flypast] [also: overpast]

User Contributed Dictionary



  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.


  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. To exceed, overstep, or transcend a limit, threshold, or goal.
    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. To disregard, skip, or miss something.
    "Don't overpass those cheeses; they're really quite excellent!" gushed Terry, pointing to the buffet table.

Extensive Definition

An overpass (called a flyover in the UK and most Commonwealth countries) is a bridge, road, railway or similar structure that crosses over another road or railway.
In North America, a flyover is a high-level overpass, built above main overpass lanes, or a bridge built over what had been an at-grade intersection. Traffic engineers usually refer to the latter as a grade separation. A flyover may also be an extra ramp added to an existing interchange, either replacing an existing cloverleaf loop (or being built in place of one) with a higher, faster ramp that bears left. Such a ramp may be built as a right or left exit.
A pedestrian overpass allows pedestrians safe crossing over busy roads without impacting traffic.
overpass in German: Überführung (Bauwerk)
overpass in Dutch: Fly-over
overpass in Japanese: 跨線橋
overpass in Russian: Путепровод
overpass in Chinese: 架空道路

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