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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crossbeam a horizontal beam that extends across something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crossbeam (Naut) A beam laid across the bitts, to which the cable is fastened when riding at anchor.
    • Crossbeam (Arch) A girder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crossbeam A large beam going from wall to wall, or a girder that holds the sides of a building together; any beam that crosses another, or is laid or secured across supports, as in machinery or a ship.
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In literature:

One arm of the crossbeams was still untenanted.
"A Book of Scoundrels" by Charles Whibley
What a forest of crossbeams supported the mills with their huge sails and their wheels!
"Catherine de' Medici" by Honore de Balzac
Pierre seized the crossbeam, tugged, and wrenched the oak frame out with a crash.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
Instinctively he had clutched at a crossbeam.
"The Historical Nights' Entertainment" by Rafael Sabatini
It was simply a roof upheld by rude uprights and crossbeams, and open to the breeze that swept through it.
"A Sappho of Green Springs" by Bret Harte
Fortunately our compass had been fastened with long screws to a crossbeam.
"The Smoky God" by Willis George Emerson
The window opposite was still open; the end of a rope floated from the crossbeam.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
His hands were nailed to the crossbeam.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
I cut my relationship with him because I did not care to be pained by seeing his form dangling from the crossbeam of a telegraph-pole.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Solomon, the big rooster, was perched on a crossbeam, head tucked under his wing.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
This consists of four strong upright beams firmly held together by crossbeams.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
She had a 20-foot mast stepped on one of the crossbeams connecting the hulls, with a single gaff sail.
"Fulton's "Steam Battery": Blockship and Catamaran" by Howard I. Chapelle
You can string him up to a crossbeam.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
Evunia was sitting carelessly on a wooden platform hung by four cords to the crossbeam of a swing.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
A broken steel rail suspended from a crossbeam was struck by the sentry with the blunt head of an axe.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Many of these had been demolished, or broken at the crossbeam.
"Catastrophe and Social Change" by Samuel Henry Prince
Instantly, as the boom swung around, Agnes' end of the crossbeam went into the air!
"The Corner House Girls Snowbound" by Grace Brooks Hill
A crossbeam joined them, which was itself a monorail, along which a man-carrying car ran.
"Steel" by Charles Rumford Walker
Pale, sickly-looking children were crouched on the huge crossbeams.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton
She had a 20-foot mast stepped on one of the crossbeams connecting the hulls, with a single gaff sail.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Who haled me tired and quaking, hid me by,
And came again after an age of cold,
And hung me in the prison-house adry
From the great crossbeam. Here defiled and old
"The Giant Puff-Ball" by Edmund Blunden

In news:

Thoma Bravo's Security M&A Streak Continues With Crossbeam.
Private equity bigwig Thoma Bravo acquired network security specialist Crossbeam Systems, the companies confirmed Friday.
Crossbeam, based in Boxborough, Mass.
We were now ready to insert the front crossbeam into each side of the upper beam, which made the rack a solid, singular piece.
1 dead after U-Haul truck hits parking ramp crossbeam (w/ video).
Crossbeam Systems aims to meet those customization needs with its new C series of security appliances.
Thoma Bravo's Security M&A Streak Continues With Crossbeam .
Crossbeam, based in Boxborough, Mass.
Crossbeam Systems aims to meet those customization needs with its new C series of security appliances.
Caltrans crews are feverishly working non-stop around the clock to repair the crossbeam that came crashing down from the Bay Bridge during Tuesday night's commute.
Thoma Bravo 's Security M&A Streak Continues With Crossbeam.