cross·bar | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbär \

Definition of crossbar 

: a transverse bar or stripe

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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 The visitors had started brightly, with Blagoja Ljamcevski hitting the crossbar early on, but Rangers dominated after Murphy's strike, only for their profligacy to keep their opponents in the tie. Afp,, "Gerards earns a win in his Rangers managerial debut," 12 July 2018 But immediately after, Mateus Uribe's shot hit the crossbar and fell out of the goal, giving England new life. Nihal Kolur,, "Nobody Could Believe England Won A Penalty Shootout at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 Ruiz’s penalty kick hit the crossbar and then bounced in off of goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Gerald Imray,, "Switzerland advances at World Cup after draw with Costa Rica," 27 June 2018 After a scoreless first half - another Kensington product, John Hughes, hit the crossbar before halftime for the locals' best chance - Manchester United took it to them. Mike Jensen,, "In 1952, visit by Manchester more low-key," 18 June 2018 Ten minutes later on Saturday, Collins scored on a wonky 35-yarder where the ball hit the crossbar and bounced off the Marcus goalkeeper's head and into the net. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial blanks Lewisville Marcus to win state soccer title," 21 Apr. 2018 Los Angeles’ best scoring opportunity came in the 60th minute when midfielder Geoffrey Acheampong’s long-distance shot hit the crossbar. Staff Report, San Antonio Express-News, "SAFC overcomes missed PK, red card for draw," 31 Mar. 2018 The puck went over the net, hit the crossbar and went in off Coreau. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings continue slide down standings with 4-1 loss to Kings," 16 Mar. 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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