Definition of bypass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪpɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪpæs//
    Operations, Types of road
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  1. 1(especially British English) a road that passes around a town or city rather than through the centre the western bypass around the town the Newbury bypass Wordfinderbypass, carriageway, diversion, hard shoulder, lane, lay-by, motorway, road, roundabout, signpost See related entries: Types of road
  2. 2a medical operation on the heart in which blood is directed along a different route so that it does not flow through a part that is damaged or blocked; the new route that the blood takes heart bypass surgery a triple bypass operation See related entries: Operations
  3. Extra examples That stretch of bypass will be finished by January. They’re building a new bypass around the town. We drove around the bypass to the airport. coronary bypass surgery the traffic on the bypass A bypass is being built and is due to be finished next year. Continue under the bypass and turn right at the traffic lights. There were protests against the building of the bypass.
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