Pronunciation: (krôs'hed", kros'-), [key]
1. Print.a title or heading filling a line or group of lines the full width of the column.
2. Mach.a sliding member of a reciprocating engine for keeping the motion of the joint between a piston rod and a connecting rod in a straight line.
3. Naut.a crosspiece on a rudderpost by which the rudder is turned.
4. Engin., Building Trades.a transverse timber for transmitting the lifting effort of two or more jackscrews supporting it to the foot of a shore that it supports. Cf. shore2 (def. 1).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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