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[kraws-tree, kros-]
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  1. 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.
  2. Carpentry. a heavy crossbeam.

Origin of crosstree

First recorded in 1620–30; cross- + tree
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Examples from the Web for crosstree

Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. nautical either of a pair of wooden or metal braces on the head of a mast to support the topmast, etc
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