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noun \ˈkrȯs\

Simple Definition of cross

  • : a long piece of wood with a shorter piece across it near the top that people were once fastened to and left to die on as a form of punishment

  • the Cross : the cross on which Jesus Christ died

  • : an object or image in the shape of a cross that is used as a symbol of Christianity

Full Definition of cross

  1. 1 a :  a structure consisting of an upright with a transverse beam used especially by the ancient Romans for execution b often capitalized :  the cross on which Jesus was crucified

  2. 2 a :  crucifixion b :  an affliction that tries one's virtue, steadfastness, or patience

  3. 3 :  a cruciform sign made to invoke the blessing of Christ especially by touching the forehead, breast, and shoulders

  4. 4 a :  a device composed of an upright bar traversed by a horizontal one; specifically :  one used as a Christian symbol b capitalized :  the Christian religion

  5. 5 :  a structure (as a monument) shaped like or surmounted by a cross

  6. 6 :  a figure or mark formed by two intersecting lines crossing at their midpoints; specifically :  such a mark used as a signature

  7. 7 :  a cruciform badge, emblem, or decoration

  8. 8 :  the intersection of two ways or lines :  crossing

  9. 9 :  annoyance, thwarting <a cross in love>

  10. 10 a :  an act of crossing dissimilar individuals b :  a crossbred individual or kind c :  one that combines characteristics of two different types or individuals

  11. 11 a :  a fraudulent or dishonest contest b :  dishonest or illegal practices —used especially in the phrase on the cross

  12. 12 :  a movement from one part of a theater stage to another

  13. 13 a :  a punch thrown over the opponent's lead in boxing b :  an attacking pass in soccer played across the field from one side to the other or to the middle

  14. 14 :  a security transaction in which a broker acts for both buyer and seller (as in the placing of a large lot of common stock) —called also cross-trade

Examples of cross

  1. a necklace with a gold cross

  2. The teacher marked the absent students on her list with crosses.

  3. Those who could not write signed their names with a cross.

Illustration of cross

Origin of cross

Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse or Old Irish; Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin cruc-, crux

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with cross




Simple Definition of cross

  • : to go from one side of (something) to the other : to go across (something)

  • : to go or pass across each other

  • : to place one arm, leg, etc., over the other

Full Definition of cross

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to lie or be situated across b :  intersect

  3. 2 :  to make the sign of the cross upon or over

  4. 3 :  to cancel by marking a cross on or drawing a line through :  strike out <cross names off a list>

  5. 4 :  to place or fold crosswise one over the other <cross the arms>

  6. 5 a (1) :  to run counter to :  oppose (2) :  to deny the validity of :  contradict b :  to confront in a troublesome manner :  obstruct c (1) :  to spoil completely :  disrupt —used with up <his failure to appear crossed up the whole program> (2) :  to turn against :  betray <crossed me up on the deal>

  7. 6 a :  to extend across or over :  traverse <a highway crossing the entire state> b :  reach, attain <only two crossed the finish line> c :  to go from one side of to the other <cross a street> <crosses racial barriers>

  8. 7 a :  to draw a line across b :  to mark or figure with lines :  streak

  9. 8 :  to cause (an animal or plant) to interbreed with one of a different kind :  hybridize

  10. 9 :  to meet and pass on the way <our letters must have crossed each other>

  11. 10 :  to occur to <it never crossed my mind>

  12. 11 :  to carry or take across something <crossed the children at the intersection>

  13. intransitive verb
  14. 1 a :  to move, pass, or extend across something <crossed through France> <crossed over to the other side of the river> b :  to move or pass from one character, condition, or allegiance to another —used with over <crossing over to vote for another party's candidate>

  15. 2 :  to lie or be athwart each other

  16. 3 :  to meet in passing especially from opposite directions

  17. 4 :  interbreed, hybridize

cross·er noun
cross paths
  1. :  to meet especially by chance <crossed paths with an old friend on a business trip>

cross swords
  1. :  to engage in a dispute

Examples of cross

  1. We crossed the state border hours ago.

  2. The dog crossed the street.

  3. The highway crosses the entire state.

  4. He was the first runner to cross the finish line.

  5. The train crosses through France.

  6. Put a nail where the boards cross.

  7. One line crossed the other.

14th Century

First Known Use of cross

14th century




Simple Definition of cross

  • : annoyed or angry

Full Definition of cross

  1. 1 a :  lying across or athwart b :  moving across <cross traffic>

  2. 2 a :  running counter :  opposite b :  mutually opposed <cross purposes>

  3. 3 :  involving mutual interchange :  reciprocal

  4. 4 :  marked by typically transitory bad temper

  5. 5 :  extending over or treating several groups, conditions, or classes <a cross sample from 25 colleges>

  6. 6 :  crossbred, hybrid

cross·ly adverb
cross·ness noun

Examples of cross

  1. I didn't mean to make you cross.

  2. I was cross with her for being so careless.

14th Century

First Known Use of cross

14th century




Definition of cross

  1. :  across


First Known Use of cross



biographical name \ˈkrȯs\

Definition of Cross

  1. Wilbur Lucius 1862–1948 Am. educ. & polit.


geographical name \ˈkrȯs\

Definition of Cross

  1. river 300 miles (483 kilometers) W Africa in W Cameroon & SE Nigeria flowing W & S into Gulf of Guinea

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February 14, 2016

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