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crossbar

[kraws-bahr, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌbɑr, ˈkrɒs-/
noun
1.
a horizontal bar, line, or stripe.
2.
the horizontal bar forming part of the goal posts, as in football and soccer.
3.
a horizontal bar used for gymnastics.
4.
a horizontal bar that rests on uprights and that an athlete must clear in performing the pole vault or high jump.
5.
a horizontal line in some letters of the alphabet, as in capital H.
6.
the horizontal top bar on the frame of a man's bicycle.
Origin of crossbar
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; cross- + bar1
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  • He pulled it back the length of the crossbar and it brought the string with it, stretching it taut.

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  • No, this is a cow camp on the crossbar Range in the middle of Arizona.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • At the bottom of the ladder was a strong metal rung or crossbar.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • The pole and the crossbar mark the four divisions of a corn shock.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • This crossbar is used for a handle to push or pull the truck.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • The crossbar of the H was the Great Hall, about thirty feet square.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • Core (of lead), the crossbar of the "H" section as shown in fig. 34.

    Stained Glass Work C. W. Whall
  • "There is a crossbar, on this side to stand on," said Smith.

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
  • I peered at the crossbar in my hand, then looked hard at the girl beside me.

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  • The banner itself was held evenly by being laced on to the crossbar.

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British Dictionary definitions for crossbar

crossbar

/ˈkrɒsˌbɑː/
noun
1.
a horizontal bar, line, stripe, etc
2.
a horizontal beam across a pair of goalposts
3.
a horizontal bar mounted on vertical posts used in athletics or show-jumping
4.
the horizontal bar on a man's bicycle that joins the handlebar and saddle supports
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