American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A transverse or horizontal piece, as of a structure or implement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, a piece of material of any kind placed or fastened across anything else.
- n. Nautical: A rail of timber extending over the windlass of a ship, furnished with pins with which to fasten the rigging, as occasion requires.
- n. In anatomy, the great white transverse commissure of the brain; the corpus callosum, or trabs cerebri. See corpus.
- n. A small cross-guard of a sword or dagger, hardly large enough to protect the hand, as in most Roman swords.
- n. Same as crosspatch.
- n. A horizontal or transverse beam or similar member that extends across or perpendicular to something.
- n. nautical A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of any structure which is fitted or framed crosswise.
- n. (Naut.) A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts.
- n. a transverse brace
- n. a horizontal beam that extends across something
“Nowadays, the wheel is often made from a cast cement disc, or from a truck tire, mounted on a wooden crosspiece which is attached to the bearing.”
“Even a lean-to needs two uprights and a crosspiece.”
“Smiling, Logan flipped the practice sword over in his hand, catching the narrow end and swinging the crosspiece as if it were a hammerhead.”
“Strings of smoke rose from the crosspiece like dirty handkerchiefs, and in the distance I saw a flatbed truck roaring down the dirt road toward the blacktop.”
““I can see the lighthouse on the island,” she said at the top with one long leg hooked over the crosspiece which supported a lantern.”
“His teeth were wide-set, his complexion florid, like that of a man with perpetual sunburn, his wrists relaxed on the crosspiece of the steering wheel.”
“The whole project cost next to nothing, besides a small basic/tray from Home Depot that was turned upside down and mounted behind the crosspiece running underneath the desk.”
“At the top of the cross, on a white crosspiece, the Name of Jesus Christ was written in red letters.”
“Each time a crosspiece was finished, we'd move farther down the dock, deeper into the water.”
“He's removing a crosspiece that broke underneath the dock.”
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