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]
- 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.
- 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.
- Marshall was really overpassing his authority when he ordered the security guards to fire their tasers at the trespassers.
- To disregard,
skip, or miss something.
- "Don't overpass those cheeses; they're really quite excellent!" gushed Terry, pointing to the buffet table.
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.
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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