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

Definition of crossbar

: a transverse bar or stripe

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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 Portland’s best opportunity in the first half came in the 28th minute when midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir sent a header off the crossbar following a corner kick. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Thorns fall 1-0 to Utah Royals on the road," 6 Sep. 2019 Because the moon has no substantial atmosphere, NASA scientists led by Jack Kinzler designed a horizontal crossbar to support the flag and keep it from drooping down, Platoff wrote. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong put a flag on the moon. Here's what you can and can't see in the iconic photo," 19 July 2019 Les Grenadiers fought to a scoreless tie in regulation, but their dream run ended with a penalty kick and a hit crossbar in extra time. John Marshall,, "Mexico earns Gold Cup final berth by ending Haiti’s magical run," 3 July 2019 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

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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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