cross·​beam ˈkrȯs-ˌbēm How to pronounce crossbeam (audio)
: a transverse beam

Examples of crossbeam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The roof’s rear structural crossbeam has been pushed further back on the body, improving the 4’s stiffness and overall safety while allowing for the lower roofline. Daniel Golson, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023 The thick polypropylene tines are supported with a wide crossbeam, while each tine features a vertical ridge meant to provide an extra dimension of support. Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 The kindergarten playground, weathered from decades of brutal winters, had turned hazardous; at times, sharp screws protruded from some of the equipment, and kids routinely got splinters from the wooden crossbeams. Becca Savransky, ProPublica, 13 Apr. 2023 The unusual event also sent an HVAC unit hurtling out of the top of a building, and caused skylights to break and wood crossbeams to snap. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 Victims then were affixed to the crossbeam and raised onto the upright beam, which was generally set in a permanent place for subsequent executions. Fredrick Kunkle, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2023 Two crossbeam poles lift the roofline enough for a six-foot tester to stand up, and tilt the sidewalls outward, yielding enough elbow room to keep three men comfortable without any turf wars. Ryan Stuart, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 To create a transition from the lower pylons to the pylon head, crews will construct a crossbeam to connect the lower legs as a unified structure. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2022 Twenty-year-old Nevan Carling pulled himself on to a crossbeam. Shawn McCreesh, Curbed, 17 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crossbeam was in 1594

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“Crossbeam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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