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[kraws-pees, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌpis, ˈkrɒs-/
a piece placed across something; transverse or horizontal piece.
Origin of crosspiece
First recorded in 1600-10; cross- + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Yes; they are fastened to that crosspiece, you see; and when I pull them, it moves the rudder.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • The crosspiece should now revolve with the screw as an axis.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • For a neck, button a cuff around the pole between the crosspiece and head.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • To get this angle, tapering blocks are fastened to the crosspiece ends, as shown.

  • The crosspiece at the rear is cut on the angle of the springboard.

  • The steel hilt and the crosspiece were thick, for a good grip.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • There are three stars in the crosspiece and four in the long piece.

  • At last they had finished the work, and the crosspiece was drawn up, with the body.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Attach strings at A and tie to the first crosspiece of the rack.

  • At two corners there are upright wooden screws, some fifteen inches long with movable collars which support a crosspiece.

British Dictionary definitions for crosspiece


a transverse beam, joist, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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