cross-bind

transitive verb

1
: to bind or grip (a creeping railroad rail) by placing the outside spikes in advance of inside ones in the direction of creep so that any movement in the tie end caused by the creeping rail will cramp both the inside and outside spikes against the rail
2
: to arrange (spikes) in such a way as to cross-bind a railroad rail

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“Cross-bind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross-bind. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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