a wind blowing across the course or path of a ship, aircraft, etc.
Origin of cross wind
First recorded in 1915–20
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But with a beam (cross-wind) or head wind a reduction of from three to five knots and a half was produced.
I tell you, a compass doesnt help much when theres a cross-wind.The Flying Reporter
Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss