cross·​wind | \ˈkrȯs-ˌwind \

Definition of crosswind 

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

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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 Knight fought a strong crosswind and increasing cloud cover. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "'A Suicide Club': How WWI Pilots Pioneered the Age of Airmail," 9 May 2018 The leaders are Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, all of whom faced a northerly crosswind on Saturday here at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club that made the world’s best look at least somewhat silly. Matthew Gutierrez, WSJ, "U.S. Open Finale Will Be a Battle Against the Conditions," 17 June 2018 But that 38-yard bomb, with Palmer guessing through the crosswind, led to the first touchdown for the Cards. Peter King,, "A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part II: Virtual Reality Meets Reality," 19 Nov. 2015 Ducted fan designs are notorious for stability problems, particularly in gusts and crosswinds. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Israel's Self-Flying 'Cormorant' Whisks Wounded Soldiers to Safety," 26 May 2018 But things picked up in the run-in to the finish, beginning with some crosswinds and then some mechanical issues that caused trouble for some top sprinters. sacbee, "Gaviria sprints to victory in Stage 5 of Tour of California | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 Forecasts called for dangerous crosswinds and the potential for hail, two of the biggest dangers to pilots. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "The dangers weather poses for airliners and how you’re protected," 25 Apr. 2018 Coaches take into account any crosswinds to figure out how how high up the hill to start the run. Nick Pachelli, Esquire, "What It Feels Like To Be an Olympic Aerial Skier," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of crosswind

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

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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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