AskDefine | Define bypass

Dictionary Definition



1 a road that takes traffic around the edge of a town [syn: circumferential, ring road]
2 a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)
3 a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current [syn: shunt, electrical shunt] v : avoid something unpleasant or laborious; "You cannot bypass these rules!" [syn: short-circuit, go around, get around] [also: bypast]

User Contributed Dictionary



by + pass


  1. a road that passes around something, such as a residential area
  2. a circumvention
  3. a section of pipe that conducts a fluid around some other fixture
  4. an electrical shunt
  5. an alternative passage created to divert a bodily fluid around a damaged organ; the surgical procedure to construct such a bypass


a road that passes around something
a circumvention
a section of pipe that conducts a fluid around some other fixture
an electrical shunt
an alternative passage created to divert a bodily fluid around a damaged organ


  1. to avoid an obstacle etc, by constructing or using a bypass
  2. to ignore the usual channels or procedures


to avoid an obstacle etc, by constructing or using a bypass
to ignore the usual channels or procedures

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Extensive Definition

Bypass may refer to: Bypass (slang)(digestive), where gas is expelled through anus during the event of a voluntary fecal restriction, thus the gas bypassed through the fecal matter and released via anus.
  • Bypass (road), road or highway that goes around a more congested or problematic area
  • Bypass (surgical), creating an alternate route for blood flow or food
  • Bypass (telecommunications), multiple meanings
  • Bypass (valve), in diving, a valve in rebreathers to bypass the flow rate control valve
  • Bypass duct, passage in turbofan aircraft engines that allows airflow to bypass the engine core
  • Bleach bypass, in film processing, an optical effect reducing saturation, increasing contrast, and giving a pastel look
  • Bypass (computing), in computing, circumventing security features in hacking, or taking a different approach to an issue in troubleshooting
  • Bypass (effect), in effects units, a switch that allows sound processing to be "turned off" to get a "dry", unprocessed sound output
bypass in Czech: Obchvat
bypass in German: Bypass
bypass in Spanish: Bypass
bypass in Italian: Bypass
bypass in Dutch: Bypass
bypass in Japanese: バイパス
bypass in Simple English: Bypass
bypass in Chinese: 分流

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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