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crosstie

[kraws-tahy, kros-]
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noun
  1. Railroads. a tie.
  2. a transverse timber forming a foundation or support.

Origin of crosstie

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; cross- + tie
Related formscross·tied, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • A century is required to produce a fence post, and 200 years for a crosstie.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • It is third among the crosstie woods of the United States, the combined cut of oaks standing first, and the pine second.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Woodlot owners will not wait much longer than the seventy-five or one hundred years required to grow trees of crosstie size.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • About eighty years are required to grow a white oak of crosstie size.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson