cross·​bar | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌbär How to pronounce crossbar (audio) \

Definition of crossbar

: a transverse bar or stripe

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St, Thomas responded by scoring all five goals in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead goal from Reding, whose shot off the crossbar put the Cadets up 8-7 with 4:01 remaining. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Boys lacrosse: St. Thomas Academy rallies past Mahtomedi into state semifinals," 11 June 2019 Binnington had help, notably from a crossbar that denied winger Brad Marchand, and later teammate Carl Gunnarsson’s sprawling dive to rescue a puck from the goal line. Alex Prewitt,, "Jordan Binnington’s Stellar Performance for Blues Lost in Controversy of Game 5," 7 June 2019 Perez kept the game close by making eight saves, including a punch over the crossbar on another Weaver attempt, along with two diving saves. Mark Perlman,, "Lyons takes fourth place in 3A as goalkeeper Cara Perez fills in admirably," 3 June 2019 Guingamp twice relinquished its lead in Alsace and then trailed 3-2 until the 87th minute when Sorbon headed home the equalizer from the rebound after Marcus Thuram hit the crossbar. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Marseille back to winning ways, Balotelli injured," 13 Apr. 2019 Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage. Martyn Wood,, "Low: Mexico loss 'situation we're not used to'," 17 June 2018 Alessandro Deiola’s flicked header from a corner beat Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha but bounced off the crossbar much to the visitors’ relief. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Lazio and Atalanta win to be a point behind 4th-place Milan," 4 Feb. 2019 The Lancers added an insurance goal in the 48th minute when Alia fired a shot from just outside the box that hit the top of the crossbar and went into the goal. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state soccer: Kenosha St. Joseph scores a shutout to earn spot in Division 4 title game," 15 June 2018 After firing home Liverpool's opener at 35 minutes with a perfect shot that cannoned in off the base of the crossbar and left goalkeeper Alisson no chance, Salah merely raised his hands to shoulder height as his teammates engulfed him. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Salah among world's best after two brilliant Liverpool goals, classy celebrations," 24 Apr. 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 How to pronounce crossbar (audio) \

Kids Definition of crossbar

: a piece or stripe placed crosswise or across something

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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