crosshead

noun
cross·head | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌhed \

Definition of crosshead 

1 : a metal block to which one end of a piston rod is secured

2 : a heading centered usually between portions of text

First Known Use of crosshead

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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