Definitions

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  • n. Two horizontal beams at the top of the lower and top masts, used to spread rigging and as a standing place for sailors.

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Examples

  • The mate grabbed three cartridge belts and two Winchesters and skinned up to the cross-trees.

    THE TERRIBLE SOLOMONS

  • Grimshaw contented himself with standing on the main cross-trees.

    CHAPTER XII

  • With a last long scrutiny at the unbroken circle of the sea, David Grief swung out of the cross-trees and slowly and dejectedly descended the ratlines to the deck.

    A LITTLE ACCOUNTWITH SWITHIN HALL

  • Her cross-trees still stuck out when she reached bottom.

    THE DEVILS OF FUATINO

  • The Queen, old woman that she was, but an islander, turned over, swam down to him, and held him up as she struck out for the unsubmerged cross-trees.

    THE DEVILS OF FUATINO

  • Normally, even in the darkness, wind, snow, and hail, any decent sailor could scramble another sixty feet higher into the upperworks and rigging here until he reached the mainmast cross-trees, from which point he could hurl down insults at his stymied pursuer like a chimpanzee in a tall tree throwing down fruit or feces from a point of perfect safety.

    The Terror

  • The distance between Budmouth and Mellstock was ten or eleven miles, and there being a good inn, ‘The Ship,’ four miles out of Budmouth, with a mast and cross-trees in front,

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • On the cross-trees a figure waved his arms and gesticulated wildly.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • He began to doze, and enjoyed small intervals of ease, till next day in the afternoon; during which remissions, he was heard to pour forth many pious ejaculations, expressing his hope, that, for all the heavy cargo of his sins, he should be able to surmount the puttock-shrouds of despair, and get aloft to the cross-trees of

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • More than one took up his quarters voluntarily in the cross-trees, who would have cursed such a berth under any other circumstances.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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