cross·​bar ˈkrȯs-ˌbär How to pronounce crossbar (audio)
: a transverse bar or stripe

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mason Crosby, who narrowly made 48- and 49-yard field goals in the first half, missed his kick short off the crossbar, giving the Lions the ball at their own 43-yard line. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 9 Jan. 2023 Julius Rauch scores; Levonte Johnson banks it off the crossbar and in to score; Amferney Sinclair scores. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Dec. 2022 And then Nick Folk doinked a 48-yard kick off the crossbar, while kicking with the wind. Ben Volin,, 2 Dec. 2022 Canada came agonizingly close when a header from captain Atiba Hutchinson, who came on as a second-half substitute, bounced off the crossbar and onto the goal-line. Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2022 Minutes later, Christian Pulisic sent a shot off the crossbar. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 McKennie had the best chance, skying a volley in the 26th minute, while Christian Pulisic banged a shot off the crossbar in the 33rd and had a header go just wide in the 43rd. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 And so, all of a sudden, the game reached the stage where Casemiro, the sole defensive midfielder, the only adult in the room, was breezily curling shots off the crossbar from 30 yards. Rory Smith, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2022 Gawdin had a shot glance off the crossbar at 2:25 into the third period and Grimaldi made a steal and then had a wicked shot clang off the post three minutes later. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crossbar was in 1562

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“Crossbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


cross·​bar ˈkrȯs-ˌbär How to pronounce crossbar (audio)
: a bar, piece, or stripe placed crosswise or across something

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