What does bypass mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beltway, bypass, ring road, ringwaynoun

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

  2. bypassnoun

    a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)

  3. shunt, electrical shunt, bypassverb

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

  4. bypass, short-circuit, go around, get aroundverb

    avoid something unpleasant or laborious

    "You cannot bypass these rules!"


  1. bypassnoun

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

  2. bypassnoun

    a circumvention

  3. bypassnoun

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

  4. bypassnoun

    an electrical shunt

  5. bypassnoun

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

  6. bypassverb

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

  7. bypassverb

    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.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bypass in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bypass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bypass in a Sentence

  1. Karolina Miksa:

    It's possible to imagine a variety of ways for a woman to bypass this regulation, but no one should be forced to do so.

  2. Margaret Schwarze:

    The bypass is not fixing their problem, it will often make them feel better because their leg doesn't hurt so much but to even imply that I am fixing this patient's disease is incorrect.

  3. Juan Guerrero:

    The genius of the attacker in the Carbanak case is taking the time to learn directly from the victim and thus bypass fraud prevention measures through sheer mimicry.

  4. The President:

    The balkanization of the media means that we just don't have a common place where we get common facts and a common worldview the way we did 20, 30 years ago, my advice to a future president is increasingly try to bypass the traditional venues that create divisions and try to find new venues within this new media that are quirkier, less predictable.

  5. Steve Harris:

    They've so overdrawn their goodwill cheque account that there's not much they can do to push back on this, they need to bypass the media and communicate directly to get their message through, because whatever they (say) via media it will be put into a whirlpool of Royal Commission, money laundering and other filters.

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  • afvlakAfrikaans
  • байпас, заобикаляне, обиколен път, шунт, заобикалямBulgarian
  • canal d'alimentació, derivació, bypass, camí secundari, ronda, variant, apartador, desviació, anastomosi de derivació per a revascularització cardíaca, canal de derivacióCatalan, Valencian
  • obchvatCzech
  • omfartsvejDanish
  • Umgehungsstraße, Umgehung, BypassGerman
  • αορτοστεφανιαία παράκαμψη, πλάγια οδός, παρακάμπτω, καταστρατήγηση, παράκαμψη, πάροδοςGreek
  • baipás, varianteSpanish
  • گذرگاهPersian
  • ohittaa, kiertäminen, ohitusleikkaus, sivuuttaa, sivuputki, ohikulkutieFinnish
  • pontage, passer outre, contourner, contournement, déviationFrench
  • seachród, seachbhóthar, seachbhealachIrish
  • megkerül, figyelmen kívül hagy, elkerülőút, elkerülHungarian
  • 迂回路, バイパスJapanese
  • pintasanMalay
  • sluipweg, omzeilen, rondwegDutch
  • obwodnicaPolish
  • contornarPortuguese
  • ocolire, deviațieRomanian
  • байпас, обходный путь, обходная дорога, шунт, обходRussian
  • bypass, förbifartsled, förbifart, kringledSwedish
  • 旁路Chinese

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  • Cheryl Lynn Hinds-Thomas
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    Why do some people Bypass - TRUTH?
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call in an official matter, such as to attend court
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