One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long bridge-like structure, typically a series of arches, carrying a road or railroad across a valley or other low ground.
aqueduct, flyover, overpassView synonyms
- ‘Where capital was readily available, as on most European main lines, civil engineering could defy topography, and span great valleys on embankments and viaducts, and drive tunnels through mountain ridges.’
- ‘The subject of this volume is railway buildings, including bridges and viaducts, stations, signal boxes, and hotel and railway workers' houses.’
- ‘The arches of active and disused railway viaducts are filled with restaurants, car repair workshops, markets, and businesses of other kinds.’
- ‘A viaduct would carry lines from the old Exchange site to Forster Square station, on a gradual descent, which would not interfere with road traffic.’
- ‘As a result of the derailment, there has been significant damage to the structure of the viaduct, which is likely to lead to a prolonged closure of the line between Limerick Junction and Waterford.’
- ‘The scheme involves the lifting of the jointed track and removal of the ballast down to the stone arches of the viaduct, which will then be covered with a waterproofing membrane.’
- ‘From the stone walls and landscaped embankments to the sweep of the footbridges and the modern viaduct that carries the road over the river, this scheme was designed not just not to offend the eye but to please it.’
- ‘It was in one of the arches beneath such a viaduct that the greatest music pirate of the age had his headquarters.’
- ‘For four years Alexander continued to run the company on his own, gaining a reputation as a talented construction engineer building fine bridges, viaducts and tunnels.’
- ‘Embankments, bridges and viaducts were likely to cause the greatest visual intrusion, he added.’
- ‘The country has no money to pay teachers, bridges and viaducts tend to collapse, and 10% of the population - many from former African colonies - live below the poverty line.’
- ‘An old railway viaduct at Stamford Bridge, near York, was to be saved.’
- ‘Their legacy are the great embankments, viaducts, tunnels and bridges that cover the face of Britain, in many cases still visible long after the trains they served have disappeared.’
- ‘In the middle of a street in my home town, it ignores all of the fine architecture and engineering structures that I have always treasured - the Town Hall, the Market Hall, the many viaducts and bridges.’
- ‘Until April 16, you can explore the world of Victorian engineers, discovering viaducts and bridges and making and decorating a model of one of Milestones' buildings to take home with you.’
- ‘Three separate escalators lead down to the platforms from the big blue cavern, each burrowing down between separate arches of the Victorian viaduct above.’
- ‘The work for which he is probably best remembered is his construction of a network of tunnels, bridges and viaducts for the Great Western Railway.’
- ‘The machine moves steadily and inexorably through cutting and tunnel, over viaducts and under bridges, exultantly ignoring sun and storm alike.’
- ‘An impressive viaduct spans the valley a reminder of the time when visitors travelled from Lancashire, Yorkshire and beyond to spend a day around the falls.’
- ‘All over Yorkshire, and elsewhere, there are hundreds of miles of dismantled track, bridges, viaducts and fine, hard-won tunnels, just mouldering.’
Early 19th century: from Latin via ‘way’, on the pattern of aqueduct.
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