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cross +‎ head


crosshead (plural crossheads)

  1. (engineering) A metal beam that connects a piston to a connecting rod in an engine.
  2. (journalism) Large text, like a headline but typically drawn from the article, placed partway through the article to break it up visually.
    Synonym: crossheading
  3. A screw with a cross-shaped indentation for gripping and turning, as opposed to a flathead.
    • 2015, Graham Masterton, Buried
      The screws were crossheads and the screwdriver was slightly too large for them, so he had to hold it at an angle.