Definition of crossbar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrôsˌbär/


1A horizontal bar fixed across another bar or between two upright bars, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Beneath the H's crossbar rests a pair of baked-bean cans.
  • The 10-foot-high crossbar represents the defensive linemen's ability to jump and extend their arms.
  • Position the first slat and nail or screw in place, then put one spacer on each crossbar so that you get the 1-inch space.
1.1(In sports) the bar between the two upright posts of a goal.
Example sentences
  • His goalbound effort into a gaping goal struck the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
  • After the upright and then the crossbar denied them a goal, he clicked into top gear.
  • To score you must put the ball over the crossbar for a point or under the crossbar for a goal, worth three points.
1.2The horizontal metal bar between the handlebars and saddle on a man’s or boy’s bicycle.
Example sentences
  • Over the years her customers included Free French sailors, a poacher who kept a 12-bore tied to his bicycle crossbar, the writer John Wyndham and a dog that smoked a pipe.
  • The bike still includes a back rest and chrome seat loop, with only the gearshift altered, moving from the crossbar to the handlebars for safety reasons.
  • Parents sometimes add rear-mounted child seats and/or an auxiliary saddle fitted to the crossbar to transport children.

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Syllabification: cross·bar

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