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[kraws-tree, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌtri, ˈkrɒs-/
Nautical. either of a pair of timbers or metal bars placed athwart the trestletrees at a masthead to spread the shrouds leading to the mast above, or on the head of a lower mast to support the platform or top.
Carpentry. a heavy crossbeam.
Origin of crosstree
First recorded in 1620-30; cross- + tree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the rest was simple and the crosstree was quickly gained.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Before considering the hitches, therefore, let us describe methods of slinging the load in such cases upon the crosstree saddle.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • This is a pretty good hitch sometimes where kyacks are not used and an irregular pack is swung upon the crosstree.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • In her right hand she held a trumpet to her lips, and in her left she carried a crosstree, the framework of a trophy.

    Greek Sculpture Estelle M. Hurll
British Dictionary definitions for crosstree


(nautical) either of a pair of wooden or metal braces on the head of a mast to support the topmast, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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