crossway v

crossway v, hence vbl n crosswaying Cf crossway n, crosswaying n

To build a crossway n across (a stretch of ground) or along (a roadway); hence ppl adj crosswayed provided with such a surface.

1794 in 1971 Denny Military Jrl. 199 PA, Near five miles was cross-way’d, and no road can be had from the lake to French creek with less. 1802 in 1878 Durant–Peirce Hist. St. Lawrence Co. NY 154, I have got all the worst places cross-wayed; and to convince you I have effected something like a road, a wagon from the Mohawk river came through to Ogdensburg with me. 1838 Richmond Enquirer (VA) 13 Jan [2]/3 FL, My impression is that it [=supplies] can be brought in boats to the crossing where the bridge is now building. This will save much trouble and labor in crosswaying the strip of savannah that intervenes between the margin of the lake and the pine-woods. 1860 Lansing State Republican (MI) 28 Feb [3]/4, All swampy and wet places to be bridged or crosswayed with sound sizable timber . . , so as to form a good passable bridge. 1881 Knoxville Daily Tribune (TN) 6 Aug 1/6, The late legislature did no wiser thing . . than to pass the act prohibiting corduroy or cross-wayed roads. 1906 Dallas Morning News (TX) 30 Apr 6/3, We have used up . . pencils enough, had they been as large as cross-ties, to have crosswayed the road from Mineola to Winnsboro, on the question of good roads. 1919 Democrat–Record (Idabel OK) 20 Feb 1/4, The old way of cross waying the mud holes is past, . . and the hard surfaced roads is the only way to do things now. 1933 Hammond Vindicator (LA) 27 Jan [3]/5, A portion of Little Chappapela gravel road has been crosswayed with green poles. 1959 Sanders Echoes 10 swAR (as of early 1900s), Most of the work consisted of filling up the low places . . and if a place got too bad, they cut pine poles and cross-wayed it. 1966 Webster Progress (Eupora MS) 1 Sept 6/4, Away back when—a pair of mules—or maybe two pair, pulled the school wagon through the mud and slush or over the frozen ruts and down the “cross-wayed” hill, that was built of poles all the way down.