- the part of a lathe or planing machine on which the tool post is mounted and across which it slides at right angles to the bed of the lathe
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Examples from the Web for cross-slide
The rear bevel is roughed and finished by tools and held on the cross-slide.
The unfinished part is then turned, and if the cross-slide is not moved, the tool will meet the first cut.
As the grinding proceeds, the wheel is fed inward slightly by manipulating the cross-slide.
The cross-slide has bolted to it a bar A carrying a roller which is pressed against a forming plate B by a heavy spring C.
The small handle at O is for moving the cross-slide along the bed when this is necessary in order to feed a tool sidewise.