American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A horizontal or transverse beam, especially a structural beam resting on two supports.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large beam going from wall to wall, or a girder that holds the sides of a building together; any beam that crosses another, or is laid or secured across supports, as in machinery or a ship.
- n. A horizontal structural beam that runs perpendicular to the primary support beams; a girder.
- n. nautical A beam laid across the bitts, to which the cable is fastened when riding at anchor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A girder.
- n. (Naut.) A beam laid across the bitts, to which the cable is fastened when riding at anchor.
- n. a horizontal beam that extends across something
- cross + beam (Wiktionary)
“Dangling by a wire from a crossbeam was a large white cardboard sign.”
“Facing Tristan again, she found him sitting casually on the edge of the footbridge railing, one foot propped on a crossbeam, as if waiting on someone to hand him a beer.”
“Not that the teenage idiot I was who is, by the way, still swinging freely from a crossbeam and turning a lovely shade of blue would have believed that dopey, feel-good phrase anyway.”
“Finally, the guard stopped in front of a small, crudely constructed dwelling built of logs and meant, Isolde guessed, for housing prisoners, because it had a wooden plank door and a heavy crossbeam that when dropped into place would bar the door from the outside.”
“Was the makeshift, wonky-looking, floor fan crossbeam still standing atop precarious stacks of pocketbooks at Arcadian?”
“The rough centurions with the stale breath who had nailed his wrists to the crossbeam were standing below him, waiting as a group of soldiers using a pulley mechanism lifted the crossbeam up from the ground in several strong yanks, to a height where it could be slotted down into the vertical pole of the crucifix that was permanently implanted at this fearsome site of execution.”
“With his arms outstretched like one nailed to the crossbeam of a crucifix, Father Bartholomew lifted off the ground.”
“Depending on how deep the notch was cut, the crossbeam might have been flush with the vertical beam, like the cross-stroke on the letter T, or maybe it fit into a deeper slot, forming the traditional four-point cross we see in most religious paintings from the Renaissance period until today.”
“Otherwise, the crucified man could fall off the crossbeam as it was being elevated to the vertical beam of the cross.”
“The Roman executioners then used forked poles and maybe a pulley to lift the crossbeam up to where it could be slotted into a notch at the top of the vertical beam to form the cross.”
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