crosstie

[kraws-tahy, kros-]
noun
1.
Railroads. a tie.
2.
a transverse timber forming a foundation or support.

Origin:
1805–15, Americanism; cross- + tie

crosstied, adjective
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crosstie

noun
one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper" [syn: tie
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Example sentences
Tom-Su walked with his eyes fastened to every crosstie at his feet.
Crosstie center cracks are vertical cracks extending transversely or across the
  crosstie.
However, the implication of this discovery for crosstie systems is important.
The ability to optimize crosstie configurations also seems to be an important
  area for future research.
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