Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

crossover

play
noun cross·over \ˈkrȯs-ˌō-vər\

Simple Definition of crossover

  • : a change from one style or type of activity to another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crossover

  1. 1 :  crossing 2a

  2. 2 :  an instance or product of genetic crossing-over

  3. 3 :  a voter registered as a member of one political party who votes in the primary of the other party

  4. 4 :  a broadening of the popular appeal of an artist (as a musician) that is often the result of a change of the artist's medium or style; also :  an artist or artistic work that has achieved a crossover

  5. 5 :  an instance of breaking into another category

  6. 6 :  a basketball maneuver in which a player dribbles the ball quickly from one hand to the other

Examples of crossover in a sentence

  1. The actor made a smooth crossover to politics.

  2. a rock musician's crossovers into jazz and soul music



1884

First Known Use of crossover

1884


2

crossover

adjective cross·over

Definition of crossover

  1. 1 :  having two pieces that cross especially one over the other <a crossover vest>

  2. 2 :  critical 1 <the crossover point>




Medical Dictionary

1

crossover

play
noun cross·over \ˈkrȯ-ˌsō-vər\

Medical Definition of crossover

  1. 1:  an instance or product of genetic crossing-over

  2. 2:  a crossover interchange in an experiment




2

crossover

adjective cross·over

Medical Definition of crossover

  1. :  involving or using interchange of the control group and the experimental group during the course of an experiment <a double-blind crossover study>




Learn More about crossover


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up crossover? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize in a loud and angry way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy lazy philistine frenetic
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ