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[kraws-beem, kros-]
  1. a transverse beam in a structure, as a joist.
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Origin of crossbeam

First recorded in 1585–95; cross- + beam
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Examples from the Web for crossbeam

Historical Examples of crossbeam

  • He did not pass under the crossbeam of the gate, but flew over it like a bird.

    The Folk-Tales of the Magyars


  • Fortunately our compass had been fastened with long screws to a crossbeam.

    The Smoky God

    Willis George Emerson

  • Many of these had been demolished, or broken at the crossbeam.

  • Your heart hangs by a string from a crossbeam in the castle.

    The Shoemaker's Apron

    Parker Fillmore

  • Solomon, the big rooster, was perched on a crossbeam, head tucked under his wing.

British Dictionary definitions for crossbeam


  1. a beam that spans from one support to another
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