• WordNet 3.6
    • n crosspiece a transverse brace
    • n crosspiece a horizontal beam that extends across something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crosspiece (Naut) A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts.
    • Crosspiece A piece of any structure which is fitted or framed crosswise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crosspiece In general, a piece of material of any kind placed or fastened across anything else.
    • n crosspiece Nautical: A rail of timber extending over the windlass of a ship, furnished with pins with which to fasten the rigging, as occasion requires.
    • n crosspiece In anatomy, the great white transverse commissure of the brain; the corpus callosum, or trabs cerebri. See corpus.
    • n crosspiece A small cross-guard of a sword or dagger, hardly large enough to protect the hand, as in most Roman swords.
    • n crosspiece Same as crosspatch.
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In literature:

The lariat was dropped over the crosspiece, and as a man adjusted the noose a sudden silence fell.
"The Great K. & A. Robbery" by Paul Liechester Ford
To set it, draw down the spring-stick and pull the crosspiece under the bow by the top side farthest from the spring-stick.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Under Rob's instructions they now lashed two crosspieces on top of the logs, using the wire to bind them fast to each.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
I shall hook my feet under these crosspieces to brace myself.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
A few inches above the shield was a grooved crosspiece for the Eagle to rest upon, on either end of which were three arrows.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
It was very dark, and only crosspieces of wood offered a slippery footing.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
One pair of uprights arose from the sloping pile of rock to a sound crosspiece.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The sheet-tender likewise ballasted the boat by lying out on one or the other end of the crosspiece.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
These crosspieces protect the sheet iron bottom and keep the carcass from resting upon it.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
There are three stars in the crosspiece and four in the long piece.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers