cross·​wind ˈkrȯs-ˌwind How to pronounce crosswind (audio)
: 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 The wings were designed to capture crosswinds to help provide forward propulsion, like a sail, along with electric motors or gasoline engines. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 18 Oct. 2023 While working into the wind may be the traditional approach for hunting ribbons, using crosswinds can be even better. Outdoor Life, 18 Oct. 2023 Test Your Limits in Kailua, Hawaii Held annually in Kailua, Kona, the Hawaii Ironman World Championship is one of the most difficult sporting events in the world thanks to a taxing combination of fierce crosswinds and scorching heat. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 If there’s a crosswind, aim slightly into the wind so the wind will carry the spray in front of the bear. Cameron Evans, Outdoor Life, 6 July 2023 The smellicopter starts casting left and right crosswind. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Jan. 2021 The steering holds up its end of the bargain, imparting a confident sense of straight-ahead unfettered by crosswinds and scalloped road edges. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 13 May 2023 Approach likely buck haunts from a crosswind and peak over slight rolls in the terrain to glass for antler tines poking up above the ground cover. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 4 May 2023 In February 2012 the turbine performed three transitions in and out of crosswind flight as required the US Department of Energy's ARPA-E grant. Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2013 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crosswind was circa 1641

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“Crosswind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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