crosstie

[ kraws-tahy, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌtaɪ, ˈkrɒs- /

noun

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

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Origin of crosstie

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

OTHER WORDS FROM crosstie

cross·tied, adjective
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Example sentences 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