crosstie

[kraws-tahy, kros-]
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noun

Railroads. a tie.
a transverse timber forming a foundation or support.

Nearby words

  1. crossroad,
  2. crossroads,
  3. crossroads care attendant scheme,
  4. crossruff,
  5. crosstalk,
  6. crosstown,
  7. crosstree,
  8. crosswalk,
  9. crossway,
  10. crossways

Origin of crosstie

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; cross- + tie

Related formscross·tied, adjective

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Examples from the Web for crosstie

  • It is third among the crosstie woods of the United States, the combined cut of oaks standing first, and the pine second.

    American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
  • Woodlot owners will not wait much longer than the seventy-five or one hundred years required to grow trees of crosstie size.

    American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
  • A century is required to produce a fence post, and 200 years for a crosstie.

    American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson