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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

by′pass`(n.; v.)

or by′-pass`

  1. (n.)a road enabling motorists to avoid a city or other heavy traffic points or to drive around an obstruction.

    Category: Civil Engineering, Transportation

  2. a surgical procedure in which a diseased or obstructed hollow organ is temporarily or permanently circumvented.

    Category: Surgery

    Ref: Compare coronary bypass.

  3. a secondary pipe or other channel connected with a main passage, as for conducting a liquid or gas around a fixture, pipe, or appliance.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  4. Category: Electricity and Magnetism

    Ref: shunt (def. 7). 9

  5. (v.t.)to avoid by following a bypass.

    Category: Transportation

  6. to cause (fluid or gas) to follow a secondary pipe or bypass.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  7. to neglect to consult or to ignore the opinion or decision of:

    I bypassed the manager and took my complaint straight to the owner.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beltway, bypass, ring road, ringway(noun)

    a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center

  2. bypass(noun)

    a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)

  3. shunt, electrical shunt, bypass(verb)

    a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current

  4. bypass, short-circuit, go around, get around(verb)

    avoid something unpleasant or laborious

    "You cannot bypass these rules!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bypass(noun)ˈaɪpˌæs

    a road that goes around sth

    the Hoover Dam bypass

  2. bypassˈaɪpˌæs

    an operation that redirects the flow of blood or food

    a heart bypass

  3. bypass(verb)ˈaɪpˌæs

    to go around a place

    a road that bypasses the city

  4. bypassˈaɪpˌæs

    to ignore or avoid a rule

    finding ways to bypass the new law


  1. bypass(Noun)

    a road that passes around something, such as a residential area

  2. bypass(Noun)

    a circumvention

  3. bypass(Noun)

    a section of pipe that conducts a fluid around some other fixture

  4. bypass(Noun)

    an electrical shunt

  5. bypass(Noun)

    an alternative passage created to divert a bodily fluid around a damaged organ; the surgical procedure to construct such a bypass

  6. bypass(Verb)

    to avoid an obstacle etc, by constructing or using a bypass

  7. bypass(Verb)

    to ignore the usual channels or procedures


  1. Bypass

    A bypass is a road or highway that avoids or "bypasses" a built-up area, town, or village, to let through traffic flow without interference from local traffic, to reduce congestion in the built-up area, and to improve road safety. If there are no strong land use controls, buildings are often built in town along a bypass, converting it into an ordinary town road, and the bypass may eventually become as congested as the local streets it was intended to avoid. Shopping centres and some other companies often are built there for ease of access, while homes are often avoided for noise reasons.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bypass' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3423

Anagrams of bypass

  1. pass by

Translations for bypass

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a road which avoids an obstruction or a busy area

Take the bypass round the city.

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