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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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 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

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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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