cross·​piece | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌpēs How to pronounce crosspiece (audio) \

Definition of crosspiece

: a horizontal member (as of a structure)

Examples of crosspiece in a Sentence

The carpenter attached a crosspiece to each side of the frame to give extra support to the roof.
Recent Examples on the Web The thick perimeter pieces and crosspieces were joined with interlocking mortise and tenon joints. Washington Post, "This is what happens when someone slaps veneer on a century-old wood door," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of crosspiece

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Crosspiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crosspiece

: something (such as a piece of wood) that is placed or that lies across something else


cross·​piece | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌpēs How to pronounce crosspiece (audio) \

Kids Definition of crosspiece

: something placed so as to lie across something else

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