cross·​piece ˈkrȯs-ˌpēs How to pronounce crosspiece (audio)
: 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 One large piece forms the body of the drone, and smaller crosspieces are secured with zip ties. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 28 May 2019 The thick perimeter pieces and crosspieces were joined with interlocking mortise and tenon joints. Washington Post, 17 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crosspiece was in 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Crosspiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


cross·​piece ˈkrȯ-ˌspēs How to pronounce crosspiece (audio)
: something placed so as to cross something else
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