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crosstree

[ kraws-tree, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌtri, ˈkrɒs- /
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noun

Nautical. either of a pair of timbers or metal bars placed athwart the trestletrees at a masthead to spread the shrouds leading to the mast above, or on the head of a lower mast to support the platform or top.
Carpentry. a heavy crossbeam.

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Origin of crosstree

First recorded in 1620–30; cross- + tree
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British Dictionary definitions for crosstree

crosstree
/ (ˈkrɒsˌtriː) /

noun

nautical either of a pair of wooden or metal braces on the head of a mast to support the topmast, etc
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