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

Definition of crossbar

: a transverse bar or stripe

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Diego Valeri put a header off the post in the 16th minute, Jorge Moreira fired a cross off the crossbar in the 51st minute and Tuiloma put a header wide in the 75th minute. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers concede own goal in 1-0 loss to D.C. United," 15 Sep. 2019 Cy Ranch was stopped in Cougars territory on its first two possessions, one resulting in a 44-yard field goal attempt that hit the crossbar. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Cy Ranch overwhelms Cinco Ranch in first game under Sean McAuliffe," 31 Aug. 2019 Matheu Deplagne had already hit the crossbar with Vancouver goalkeeper Maxim Crépeau off his line in the 59th minute. Pat Brennan,, "Vancouver Whitecaps steal a late win against FC Cincinnati," 4 Aug. 2019 His shot off the crossbar in the 23rd minute was the only other one the team put on goal all night. Kevin Baxter,, "Galaxy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are held in check in loss to Earthquakes," 13 July 2019 Christine Sinclair, needing four more goals to become the world's top international scorer, came closest after her looping header hit the crossbar. Ben Church, CNN, "Vivianne Miedema: Dutch striker breaks scoring record as Netherlands and Canada progress," 15 June 2019 Substitute Julian Brandt came as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock when his long-range effort rattled the crossbar, but neither side could find a winning goal before the full-time whistle was blown., "Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Ter Stegen Penalty Heroics Deny Hosts," 17 Sep. 2019 Six minutes later, the hosts came close to equalizing when Gary Mackay-Steven’s shot smashed off the crossbar. Michael Lewis, The Mercury News, "Wondo scores at Yankee Stadium, but Quakes lose again," 14 Sep. 2019 Spurrier looked perplexed when the quarterback chest-passed a high shotgun snap off the crossbar for a safety. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The day South Carolina stunned Alabama and set the state ‘on fire’," 10 Sep. 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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