cross·​wind | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌwind How to pronounce crosswind (audio) \

Definition of crosswind

: a wind blowing in a direction not parallel to a course (as of an airplane)

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This race is expected to be spectacular, with possible crosswinds adding pressure on the competitors. New York Times, "The Tour de France to Start in Denmark in 2021," 13 June 2019 The airport’s crosswind runway also will be reconstructed and extended — to 2,750 feet from 2,500 feet — and lights will be added for nighttime flying. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Controversial Lake Elmo Airport expansion slated to start this fall," 24 June 2019 Other unknowns include how the Flying-V would cope with strong crosswinds and the safest way to evacuate passengers in the event of an emergency. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Futuristic 'Flying-V' airplane concept puts passengers inside the wings," 5 June 2019 In 2008 gusty crosswinds sent a 737 spinning off the runway and into a ravine, causing 47 injuries. Joshua A. Krisch, Popular Mechanics, "Why Your Plane Is Safer in the Air Than It Is on the Ground," 15 Jan. 2014 To crab on an airplane means to keep the tarmac straight amidst a powerful crosswind. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a 757 Land Practically Sideways in Gale Force Winds," 19 Oct. 2018 Bankers worry the price might become stale as economic crosswinds or other factors could affect demand for the offering. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Companies Try to Skirt Shutdown’s IPO Limbo," 21 Jan. 2019 The town, with a year-round population of about 7,400 people, is caught in crosswinds between demand for bigger, more modern homes in close-in neighborhoods and pressure to preserve the mountain charm that drew people there in the first place. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 The sport is an American juggernaut, with a legalized gambling crosswind that could create a financial titan. Conor Orr,, "Who Really Cares About the NFL Outside of the United States?," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of crosswind

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crosswind was circa 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of crosswind

: a wind that blows across the direction that something (such as an airplane) is moving in

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