Crossbar shot, a projectile which folds into a sphere for loading, but on leaving the gun expands to a cross with a quarter ball at the end of each arm; — used in naval actions for cutting the enemy's rigging.

(Cross"barred`) a.

1. Secured by, or furnished with, crossbars. Milton.

2. Made or patterned in lines crossing each other; as, crossbarred muslin.

(Cross"beak`) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Crossbill.

(Cross"beam`) n.

1. (Arch.) A girder.

2. (Naut.) A beam laid across the bitts, to which the cable is fastened when riding at anchor.

(Cross"-bear`er) n. (R. C. Ch.) A subdeacon who bears a cross before an archbishop or primate on solemn occasions.

(Cross"bill`) (Law) A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery suit, against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in that suit. Bouvier.

In criminal practice, cross bills of indictment for assault, in which the prosecutor in once case is the defendant in another, may be tried together.

(Cross"bill`), n. (Zoöl.) A bird of the genus Loxia, allied to the finches. Their mandibles are strongly curved and cross each other; the crossbeak.

(Cross"-birth`) n. (Med.) Any preternatural labor, in which the body of the child lies across the pelvis of the mother, so that the shoulder, arm, or trunk is the part first presented at the mouth of the uterus.

(Cross"bite`) n. A deception; a cheat. [Obs.]

(Cross"bite"), v. t. To deceive; to trick; to gull. [Obs.]

(Cross"bones`) n. pl. A representation of two of the leg bones or arm bones of a skeleton, laid crosswise, often surmounted with a skull, and serving as a symbol of death.

Crossbones, scythes, hourglasses, and other lugubrious emblems of mortality.

(Cross"bow`) n. (Archery) A weapon, used in discharging arrows, formed by placing a bow crosswise on a stock.

(Cross"bow`er) n. A crossbowman.[Obs.]

(Cross"bow`man) n. One who shoots with a crossbow. See Arbalest.

Cross-armed to Crotaphitic

(Cross"-armed`) a. With arms crossed.

(Cross"-band`ed) a. A term used when a narrow ribbon of veneer is inserted into the surface of any piece of furniture, wainscoting, etc., so that the grain of it is contrary to the general surface.

(Cross"bar`) n. A transverse bar or piece, as a bar across a door, or as the iron bar or stock which passes through the shank of an anchor to insure its turning fluke down. Russell.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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