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)

Examples of crosswind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coming over the tip of Winter Island, near Antioch, the water churned and Derreumaux was hit with a crosswind. Gregory Thomas,, "Solo paddler kayaks entire Sacramento River, 350 miles from Redding to Golden Gate," 14 June 2020 With a situation like this, there’s so many crosswinds. Taryn Lunastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Criticism grows over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s management of the coronavirus crisis," 29 Apr. 2020 Blind spot, crosswind, attention, and active brake assist are all standard on all 2021 Metris models. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes Metris Work Van Gets a Load of New Tech," 10 Mar. 2020 On those tires, the two-door Wrangler wanders between the lines in the lightest crosswind. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Do the 2020 Jeep Wrangler's New Engines Improve the Icon?," 7 Jan. 2020 The Causeway police issued the closure around 11:22 a.m., citing thunderstorms, high winds, crosswinds and poor visibility. Hanna Krueger,, "Causeway reopens after closing due to severe weather," 11 Mar. 2018 Rather than questioning the pilots’ judgment, the airline took steps to adjust crosswind landing calculations and enhance flight attendant training to alert cockpit crews of wing strikes or other in-flight emergencies, according to the report. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Southwest Flew Millions on Jets With Unconfirmed Maintenance Records, Government Report Says," 31 Jan. 2020 At that time, the airplane was about 500 ft above ground level (agl) on the right crosswind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 6., "The vintage B-17 aircraft that," 16 Oct. 2019 Taking off in a howling crosswind, as Patey himself acknowledged, was not a good idea. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "The world’s best bush plane is destroyed on takeoff in Reno," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Jun 2020

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“Crosswind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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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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