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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A train was going by on the overpass.
▪ About 70 people were injured in Seattle, including two men critically injured from an assault and a fall from an overpass.
▪ He loses the Greyhound in a maze of overpasses and freeway exits.
▪ I crossed a railroad overpass and reached a bunch of shacks where two highways forked off, both for Denver.
▪ Motorists peek as they zoom across it on bridges or freeway overpasses.
▪ Pauline lives in a warehouse at the far end of a San Francisco street that dead-ends under a highway overpass.
▪ The night Karen was raped, the body of a 13-year-old girl was found under a Houston overpass.
▪ The tide of red taillights ahead of them ran under an overpass and turned up an incline.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

flypast \fly"past\ (fl[imac]"p[a^]st), n.

  1. the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels; same as flyover; called in the United States an overpass. [Brit.]

    Syn: overpass, flyover.

  2. a low-altitude flight (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground.

    Syn: flyover.


flyover \flyover\ n.

  1. the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels; called in the United States an overpass; as, an overpass is called a flyover or a flypast in England.

    Syn: overpass, flypast.

  2. a low-altitude flight (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground.

    Syn: flypast.


overpass \o"ver*pass`\, n. A road or other pathway which passes over another road, railroad, or other path; as, he stopped on the street under the railroad overpass.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"stretch of road that passes over another," 1929, American English, from over- + pass (v.). + Overpass has been a verb since late 13c.


n. A section of a road or path that cross#Verbes over an obstacle, especially another road, railway, etc. vb. 1 To pass above something, as when flying or moving on a higher road. 2 (context transitive English) To exceed, overstep, or transcend a limit, threshold, or goal. 3 (context transitive English) To disregard, skip, or miss something.

  1. 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]

  2. [also: overpast]


An overpass (called a flyover in the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth countries) is a bridge, road, railway or similar structure that crosses over another road or railway. An overpass and underpass together form a grade separation. Stack interchanges are made up of many overpasses.

Overpass (typeface)

Overpass is a digital typeface, closely related to the FHWA Series Highway Gothic fonts, a signage alphabet drawn for the United States Federal Highway Administration in 1949.

It was commissioned by Red Hat from designer Delve Withrington as a freely usable replacement for Interstate, which is used by Red Hat as its corporate typeface. Red Hat created the family as a freely redistributable alternative, since it does not own all rights to Interstate. It continues to use Interstate, a much larger font family, on printed material.

Overpass currently is released with four weights and obliques. Delve Fonts announced in 2016 that an expanded, eight-weight version (four extra weights) was in development.

Overpass (film)

Overpass is a 2015 Canadian short film directed by Patrice Laliberté.

Overpass was shot in September 2014.

The film was presented by Telefilm Canada at the Cannes Marché du Film in May 2015.

Overpass had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film

The film was included in the list of "Canada's Top Ten" short films for 2015, chosen by a panel of five filmmakers and industry professionals. It was also selected for inclusion in "The Shortest Day", a program of free screenings of short films, in several Canadian cities, in conjunction with the winter solstice.

Usage examples of "overpass".

On the Northolt overpass he moved along at well above the speed limit, casually overtaking a cruising police car on the wrong side.

We left the overpass and moved down a concrete road through west Northolt, a residential suburb of the airport.

This marriage of sex and technology reached its climax as the traffic divided at the airport overpass and we began to move forwards in the northbound lane.

As I propelled the car at fifty miles an hour along the open deck of the overpass Vaughan arched his back and lifted the young woman into the full glare of the headlamps behind us.

The concrete walls of the overpass were drained and grey, like the entrance to a hypogeum.

But as I turned, the sunlight against the concrete walls of the overpass formed a cube of intense light, almost as if the stony surface had become incandescent.

I was briefly aware of a heavy black vehicle accelerating towards me from the shadow of the overpass where Vaughan and I had lain together.

I drove past the scarred concrete abutment towards the dark cavern of the overpass, where Vaughan and I had embraced each other among the concrete pillars, listening to the traffic drumming overhead.

Catherine gazed up at the cathedral-like vaults of the overpass, like a succession of empty submarine pens.

Day by day Vaughan followed Catherine around the expressways and airport perimeter roads, sometimes waiting for her in the damp cul-de-sac adjacent to our drive, at other times appearing like a spectre in the high-speed lane of the overpass, his battered car tilted over on its near-side springs.

I dart behind one of the enormous concrete pillars that hold the highway overpass in place.

Heading deeper into the overpass, I rush from my pillar to one directly ahead.

People kept appearing from behind a high rampart and trudging across the overpass, shoulders dusted with snow, hundreds of people moving with a kind of fated determination.

We moved slowly beneath the overpass, hearing a flurry of automobile horns and the imploring wail of an ambulance stuck in traffic.

But it was also spectacular, part of the grandness of a sweeping event, like the vivid scene in the switching yard or the people trudging across the snowy overpass with children, food, belongings, a tragic army of the dispossessed.