Definition of Bypass

1. Noun. A highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center.

Exact synonyms: Beltway, Ring Road, Ringway
Generic synonyms: Highway, Main Road
Geographical relationships: Britain, Britain

2. Verb. Avoid something unpleasant or laborious. "You cannot bypass these rules!"
Exact synonyms: Get Around, Go Around, Short-circuit
Generic synonyms: Avoid

3. Noun. A surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part).
Generic synonyms: Shunt

4. Noun. A conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current.
Exact synonyms: Electrical Shunt, Shunt
Group relationships: Circuit, Electric Circuit, Electrical Circuit
Generic synonyms: Conductor
Derivative terms: Shunt

Definition of Bypass

1. n. A by- passage, for a pipe, or other channel, to divert circulation from the usual course.

Definition of Bypass

1. Noun. a road that passes around something, such as a residential area ¹

2. Noun. a circumvention ¹

3. Noun. a section of pipe that conducts a fluid around some other fixture ¹

4. Noun. an electrical shunt ¹

5. Noun. (medicine) an alternative passage created to divert a bodily fluid around a damaged organ; the surgical procedure to construct such a bypass ¹

6. Verb. to avoid an obstacle etc, by constructing or using a bypass ¹

7. Verb. to ignore the usual channels or procedures ¹

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Definition of Bypass

1. to avoid by going around [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Bypass

1. 1. A shunt or auxiliary flow. 2. To create new flow from one structure to another through a diversionary channel. A by-passage, for a pipe, or other channel, to divert circulation from the usual course. See: shunt. Source: Websters Dictionary (20 Jun 2000)

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Literary usage of Bypass

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1. Societal Value of Geologic Maps by Richard L. Bernknopf (1994)
"The jurisdictions affected by the planned bypass are the States of ... All proposed West- em bypass corridors cross the eastern part of Loudoun County. ..."

2. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"... in 77 consecutive patients operated with coronary bypass, 73 patients with intermittent claudication, 78 healthy smokers and in 38 healthy non-smokers. ..."

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