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


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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of crosstree

First recorded in 1620–30; cross- + tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crosstree

  • But the rest was simple and the crosstree was quickly gained.

    For the Honor of the School|Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Before considering the hitches, therefore, let us describe methods of slinging the load in such cases upon the crosstree saddle.

    Packing and Portaging|Dillon Wallace
  • In her right hand she held a trumpet to her lips, and in her left she carried a crosstree, the framework of a trophy.

    Greek Sculpture|Estelle M. Hurll
  • This is a pretty good hitch sometimes where kyacks are not used and an irregular pack is swung upon the crosstree.

    Packing and Portaging|Dillon Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for crosstree


/ (ˈkrɒsˌtriː) /


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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