cross·​bar | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbär \

Definition of crossbar 

: a transverse bar or stripe

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Running onto a cross from Alan Ball, England's Geoff Hurst controlled the ball and shot high, beating the keeper but hitting the crossbar. Gianluca Costantini, CNN, "From headbutts to the 'Hand of God': 11 moments that shook the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Photo: Andrew Yates/Zuma Press City might have snatched the victory, too, had Riyad Mahrez not blasted his 86th-minute penalty kick over the crossbar and potentially into the next ZIP Code. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City Solves the Liverpool Puzzle," 8 Oct. 2018 Borek Dockal had the best opportunities for the Union (6-9-3, 21 points), forcing a big save from Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 40th minute and putting a close-range shot over the crossbar in the 55th. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Union lose, 2-0, to Atlanta United as C.J. Sapong's goal drought continues," 7 July 2018 The offense was left wanting Saturday, though Sporting KC forward Daniel Salloi did clip the underside of the crossbar in the first half. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC remains atop the West with this unusual endeavor in Portland," 9 June 2018 Defender Sverrir Ingason twice threatened for Iceland, hitting the crossbar with a header in the second half. Derek Gatopoulos,, "Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Andrew’s best scoring chance came when Megan Nemec took a pass from Erin Jaskierski and ripped a hard shot off the crossbar with 11:30 to go. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Purdue recruit Ally Mussallem scores on penalty kick in second overtime as Stagg overcomes Andrew," 25 Apr. 2018 Friendswood dodged its biggest bullet when a penalty kick by the Bucs' Nic Gonzales hit the crossbar with 43 seconds left in regulation. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys' soccer playoffs: Friendswood stuns Brazoswood, 2-1," 30 Mar. 2018 Lajud kept them in it with several diving saves along with the help of the post and crossbar. Mark Zeigler,, "Xolos eliminated in Liga MX semis, but they don't go quietly," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of crossbar

1562, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crossbar

: a bar that joins two posts (such as goalposts in soccer or hockey)

: the bar that goes between the seat and the handlebars of a bicycle


cross·​bar | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbär \

Kids Definition of crossbar

: a piece or stripe placed crosswise or across something

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