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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 refers to a secondary route or an alternative course often created to avoid an obstruction or congestion in the main route. It can also refer to a surgical procedure that redirects the flow of body fluids or substances to avoid a damaged or diseased area. Overall, it is a means of avoiding or circumventing a problem or obstacle.


  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. James Scott:

    A single spear-phishing email carrying a slightly altered malware can bypass multi-million dollar enterprise security solutions if an adversary deceives a cyber-hygienically apathetic employee into opening the attachment or clicking a malicious link and thereby compromising the entire network.

  2. President Barack Obama:

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. MG:

    I’m a show off!, Doesn’t mean that I’m settled off. When you bypass everything, There isn’t anything. I got stranded, played and cheated, Yet, I’m here playing hard hearted! I may be a pessimist, Still, no point being realistic. Never it’s love or lust, It’s always, a playful dust.

  5. Julie Wareham:

    I just remember him reassuring the family members of people that are cut from stem to stern when they do those coronary bypass surgeries, and just reassuring the family and how soft-spoken he was.

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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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    Why do some people Bypass - TRUTH?
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given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
  • A. bibulous
  • B. currish
  • C. lacerate
  • D. motile

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