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

Definition of crossbar

: a transverse bar or stripe

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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 The second quarter opened with senior faceoff specialist Mike Orefice winning the faceoff and firing the ball off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal line just seven seconds into the period. Edward Lee,, "With win, Loyola men’s lacrosse locks up top seed, right to host Patriot League tournament," 21 Apr. 2018 Officials initiated a video review, and determined that Abdelkader's stick was above the height of the crossbar when the puck was deflected into the Florida net. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings persevere to extend win streak, tame Panthers, 4-2," 5 Jan. 2018 On Sunday, Parkey’s 43-yard attempt in the closing seconds hit halfway up the upright and ricocheted off the crossbar before harmlessly falling to the ground. Andrew Seligman, The Seattle Times, "Bears come to grips with cruel end to breakthrough season," 7 Jan. 2019 Jesus put a header onto the crossbar, and Neymar’s hurried shot curled wide., "Brazil scores twice in injury time to eliminate Costa Rica," 22 June 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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an enemy or opponent

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