Definition of crossbar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsbɑː/


1The horizontal bar between the two upright posts of a goal in football, rugby, hockey, etc.
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.
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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