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[kraws-pees, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌpis, ˈkrɒs-/
a piece placed across something; transverse or horizontal piece.
Origin of crosspiece
1600-10; cross- + piece Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crosspiece
  • From the ruined instrument she picked out the crosspiece, a single piece of wood, and showed it to him.
  • For the table frame, center one crosspiece and equally space the remaining two.
  • Drill holes for screws: one for each overlap of board and crosspiece below.
  • Claimant's leg was crushed between the lower edge of the cab and the crosspiece on the boom of the skid loader.
  • The fruits were harvested with a special pole, often made of saguaro ribs with a small crosspiece.
  • Install barbed wire from bottom crosspiece to posts.
  • Cleat: a ladder crosspiece of rectangular cross section placed on edge.
  • The load is raised and lowered by ropes through a sheave or block secured to the top crosspiece.
  • The upper end of the cylinder is attached to a length of pipe with a crosspiece for turning at the top.
British Dictionary definitions for crosspiece


a transverse beam, joist, etc
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