[kraws-pees, kros-]
a piece placed across something; transverse or horizontal piece.

1600–10; cross- + piece Unabridged
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crosspiece (ˈkrɒsˌpiːs)
a transverse beam, joist, etc

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Example sentences
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.
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