Definition of "bypass" []

  • A highway or section of a highway that passes around an obstructed or congested area. (noun)
  • A pipe or channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture. (noun)
  • A means of circumvention. (noun)
  • Electricity See shunt. (noun)
  • Medicine An alternative passage created surgically to divert the flow of blood or other bodily fluid or circumvent an obstructed or diseased organ. (noun)
  • A main road built to avoid a city or other congested area (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any system of pipes or conduits for redirecting the flow of a liquid (noun)
  • A means of redirecting the flow of a substance around an appliance through which it would otherwise pass (noun)
  • The redirection of blood flow, either to avoid a diseased blood vessel or in order to perform heart surgery (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An electrical circuit, esp one containing a capacitor, connected in parallel around one or more components, providing an alternative path for certain frequencies (noun)
  • To go around or avoid (a city, obstruction, problem, etc) (verb)
  • To cause (traffic, fluid, etc) to go through a bypass (verb)
  • To proceed without reference to (regulations, a superior, etc); get round; avoid (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bypass" in a sentence
  • "First of all, the need for a bypass is a no-brainer."
  • "I think the Massey Rd. connector to the bypass is a great initiative, and will help with major event traffic quite a bit."
  • "I've also heard about a new Guadalajara bypass from the east end, heading toward hwy 15 to Colima ...?"