from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A transverse or horizontal piece, as of a structure or implement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horizontal or transverse beam or similar member that extends across or perpendicular to something.
  • n. A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of any structure which is fitted or framed crosswise.
  • n. A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In general, a piece of material of any kind placed or fastened across anything else.
  • n. Nautical:
  • n. In anatomy, the great white transverse commissure of the brain; the corpus callosum, or trabs cerebri. See corpus.
  • n. A small cross-guard of a sword or dagger, hardly large enough to protect the hand, as in most Roman swords.
  • n. Same as crosspatch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a transverse brace
  • n. a horizontal beam that extends across something


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  • “I can see the lighthouse on the island,” she said at the top with one long leg hooked over the crosspiece which supported a lantern.


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