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

Definition of crossbar

: a transverse bar or stripe

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Tottenham had one final chance to snatch all three points in stoppage time following a flowing counterattack, but Moussa Sissoko blazed his effort high over the crossbar. Matias Grez, CNN, "Arsenal comes from two goals down to earn draw against Tottenham," 1 Sep. 2019 Hatch took five shots — including two point-blank opportunities in the box that flew over the crossbar — before connecting on her sixth chance in the 59th minute. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 2-1 to Washington Spirit in front of sold-out Audi Field crowd," 26 Aug. 2019 Points are scored by placing the ball in the goal (3 points), or kicking it over the crossbar and between the uprights (1 point). Lauren Fox,, "Rough-and-tumble Gaelic football is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic," 15 Aug. 2019 One of Araiza’s makes tumbled over the crossbar after hitting the right upright. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs offense has its struggles in first fall scrimmage," 11 Aug. 2019 The first good chance for a goal for Legion FC in the second half came in the 52nd minute when JJ Williams’ shot off a Kobayashi pass sailed just over the crossbar. Cheryl Wray, al, "Legion FC earns dominating home victory over Atlanta United 2," 20 July 2019 Moments later, Elis took the express route down the right sideline, setting up a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo rally to draw against Rapids," 17 Aug. 2019 Carlos Ascues came only inches away from leveling the score in the 60th minute, flying onto a cross from João Moutinho and drilling his first touch, only to have the ball deflect off the crossbar and into the supporters section. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City suffers 1-0 home loss to New York Red Bulls despite second half rally," 23 July 2019 The earliest came in the 6th minute when a shot from Williams bounced off the crossbar and a second came in the 13th minute when Kasim’s on-target shot missed just wide left of the goal. Cheryl Wray, al, "Legion FC earns home victory, beats North Carolina FC," 13 July 2019

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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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