crosstree

crosstree

[kraws-tree, kros-]
noun
1.
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.
2.
Carpentry. a heavy crossbeam.

Origin:
1620–30; cross- + tree

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crosstree (ˈkrɒsˌtriː)
 
n
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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