Meaning of BYPASS in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: by (II) + pass

1. : a passage to one side ; especially : a passage providing an alternative deflected route (as a road to carry traffic around a congested district or a channel to deflect flood water)


a. : an auxiliary passage (as a channel or pipe) through which a fluid passes around a particular place or part and returns to the main passage : a passage forming a secondary outlet for a fluid

b. : a path for shunting part or all of an electric current around one or more elements of a circuit

II. (ˈ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ transitive verb

1. : to make a circuit or detour around

the new highway bypasses the city

: avoid by means of a bypass

we bypassed most congested areas on our trip

2. : to make (as a fluid or gas) follow a bypass

incoming air was bypassed through the intercoolers in the intake air line

3. : to neglect or ignore usually intentionally

critics have tended to bypass this side of his work — L.A.G.Strong

these problems cannot be bypassed — Walter Terry

: get around : evade

men seek to bypass the law — H.J.Laski

4. : to go around and beyond (an enemy) without attempting to attack

III. noun

: a surgically established shunt ; also : a surgical procedure for the establishment of a shunt

a triple coronary bypass

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