• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cross-tie (Railroad) A sleeper supporting and connecting the rails, and holding them in place.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cross-tie In a railroad, a timber or sill placed under opposite rails as a support and to prevent them from spreading; a tie or sleeper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cross-tie in a railroad, a timber placed under opposite rails as a support
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In literature:

As she described how the hands of slaves were tied before they were whipped for infractions she crossed her wrists.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The cross-ties were burned to heat the rails.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
They are firmly braced together by tie-girders and cross tubes nearly as large as themselves.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Andrews resorted to his old trick of dropping cross-ties, but he soon saw that this would not do.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
Hattie tied a curtain around her head to look like a Red Cross nurse.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Just at the bridge a cross-tie struck him with such force that he was shot clear upon the pier and was safe.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Fold the point of the bandage over the fingers, cross the ends, and pass around wrist and tie at the back.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
It cross-hobbles us and hog-ties us and leaves us afraid of our own wilted impulses.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
The lumber for building, and the cross-ties for track-laying, could only be obtained in small quantities and at great distances.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
To these he tied a couple of cross-sticks, six feet from each other.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various

In poetry:

Howe’er, ’tis better ordered by a Blessed Power above
Who sends us cross and trial, as a token of His Love;
For we’d cling, ah! far too closely to earthly joys and ties,
Unwilling e’er to leave them for our home beyond the skies.
"To A Young Girl With An Album" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

Cross Dressing Robbers Tie Up Pawn Shop Owner.
Cross dressing robbers tie up pawn shop owner.
Police are searching for a pair of cross-dressing robbers who tied up a clerk and robbed a pawn shop in Marietta.
Amber Tamblyn, David Cross tie the knot.
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross tie the knot.
Actors Amber Tamblyn and David Cross tied the knot over the weekend.
WEST POINT – Danny Colvin scored two power play goals to help Army rally and skate to a 4-4 overtime tie with Holy Cross, Sunday in an Atlantic Hockey Association matinee at Tate Rink.
It bears a striking resemblance to the Arrow Cross, the feared fascist party that rose to prominence in the 1930s and had strong ties to Hitler.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department was notified Monday that a large cross was tied to a fence post in Half Moon Bay.
Replaced cross ties on the tracks.
God means us to cross the finish line together, and all the other people tied together with us play some part in our progress.
The Associated Press David Cross, left, and Amber Tamblyn have tied the knot.
Stars with ties to the New Jersey and New York came together for a Red Cross telethon benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Add Simpson Strong-Tie to the list of manufacturers donating to the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation , as it donates $25,000 to the Red Cross.
Holy Cross' Lisa Mifsud, left, gets tied up by BC's Kerri Shields.

In science:

Since in equation (1) n is written in terms of proper volumes, it was necessary to use the area distance – to tie together the locally observed cross-sectional area, which enters in the proper volume, with the observed solid angle.
Differential Density Statistics of Galaxy Distribution and the Luminosity Function
Two simple examples were considered which showed close ties to well-known methods of matched filtering, cross-correlation and semi-coherent sums.
On blind searches for noise dominated signals: a loosely coherent approach
Ref. 2 refer in their comment to several theories stating that the momentum cross section is tied to the energy resolution.
Reply to comment by Mayers et al. on "High energy neutron scattering from hydrogen using a direct geometry spectrometer"
The differential DM-nucleon cross section dσ/dER depends on the DM par ticle physics proper ties which defines the DM interactions with gluons and quarks, and on nuclear physics inputs which are needed to promote the fundamental DM-quarks (gluons) cross-section to an effective DM-nucleus cross section.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
We are modeling the joint relation between the processes of tie selection and nodal variate influence in a cross-sectional network.
Exponential-family Random Network Models