[kraws-bahr, kros-]
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  1. a horizontal bar, line, or stripe.
  2. the horizontal bar forming part of the goal posts, as in football and soccer.
  3. a horizontal bar used for gymnastics.
  4. a horizontal bar that rests on uprights and that an athlete must clear in performing the pole vault or high jump.
  5. a horizontal line in some letters of the alphabet, as in capital H.
  6. the horizontal top bar on the frame of a man's bicycle.

Origin of crossbar

First recorded in 1550–60; cross- + bar1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for crossbar

Historical Examples of crossbar

  • He pulled it back the length of the crossbar and it brought the string with it, stretching it taut.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • No, this is a cow camp on the Crossbar Range in the middle of Arizona.

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson

  • At the bottom of the ladder was a strong metal rung or crossbar.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

  • The pole and the crossbar mark the four divisions of a corn shock.

    Farm Mechanics

    Herbert A. Shearer

  • This crossbar is used for a handle to push or pull the truck.

    Farm Mechanics

    Herbert A. Shearer

British Dictionary definitions for crossbar


  1. a horizontal bar, line, stripe, etc
  2. a horizontal beam across a pair of goalposts
  3. a horizontal bar mounted on vertical posts used in athletics or show-jumping
  4. the horizontal bar on a man's bicycle that joins the handlebar and saddle supports
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