criss·​cross | \ ˈkris-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce crisscross (audio) \
crisscrossed; crisscrossing; crisscrosses

Definition of crisscross

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to mark with intersecting lines
2 : to pass back and forth through or over

intransitive verb

1 : to go or pass back and forth



Definition of crisscross (Entry 2 of 3)

: marked or characterized by crisscrossing



Definition of crisscross (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a crisscross pattern : network
2 : the state of being at cross-purposes also : a confused state

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crisscross adverb

Examples of crisscross in a Sentence


Several highways crisscross the state. shoelaces that crisscross over the top of the shoe Tourists crisscrossed the lake from morning until night. Scientists have been crisscrossing the country to collect data.


She pointed toward the crisscross of trees that had fallen on the path.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The event coincides with the state fair in Des Moines, and most Democratic White House hopefuls have been crisscrossing the state for days. Washington Post, "Democrats use Iowa event to attack Trump — not each other," 9 Aug. 2019 Since then the retired Illinois carpenter has crisscrossed the country in his pick-up truck with an itinerary of grief and mass murder. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Fact checking Trump's speech, tensions flare with China & honoring the victims: The Morning Rundown," 6 Aug. 2019 Buttigieg has crisscrossed the state for a busy schedule of fundraisers this quarter, winning over Hollywood and LGBT donors excited about the prospect of making him the first gay president. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Pete Buttigieg — not Kamala Harris — raised the most money in California and Bay Area in recent months," 16 July 2019 Since the mid-2000s, however, drilling companies have crisscrossed West Virginia using a technique that allowed them to drill horizontally from one property into gas deposits across a wide area. Mayeta Clark, ProPublica, "When Fracking Companies Own the Gas Beneath Your Land," 11 July 2019 Bysiewicz has been crisscrossing the state as the head of the Connecticut Complete Count Committee, a group dedicated to maximizing census participation in the state. Christopher Keating,, "Connecticut Democrats hail U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking citizenship question on census," 27 June 2019 Nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates have crisscrossed the country for six months selling their vision for the United States. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Are Too Many Democrats Running for President? Voters Are Tuning Out," 24 June 2019 Smith has crisscrossed the U.S. five times mowing lawns, with this year’s focus on military veterans. Leada Gore |,, "Man finishes quest to cut lawns for veterans in all 50 states," 14 June 2019 Offensively, the Lions’ mostly-static formationing is replaced by more presnap shifting and motions, with receivers clustered together, stressing defenses with crisscrossing release angles. Andy Benoit,, "The 2019 Lions Have Fewer Weaknesses Than Many People Might Realize," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Score the fruit in a crisscross pattern through to the skin. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Celebrate fresh mango season with Pork Scaloppini with Rum-Mango Sauce," 22 July 2019 This most wanted ring is studded with luminous diamond-like stones and fashioned into a crisscross design that reviewers deem eye-catching, show-stopping, and simply beautiful. Elizabeth Buxton,, "The 29 Nordstrom Sale Finds Readers Are Obsessed With," 25 July 2019 Score the fruit in a crisscross pattern through to the skin. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Celebrate fresh mango season with Pork Scaloppini with Rum-Mango Sauce," 22 July 2019 Circular patterns of bolts, typically the lug nuts on wheels, should be tightened not in a circle, but in a crisscross or starfish pattern. 2. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 Instead of having a bar across the top like most classic aviator styles, these Jessica Simpson frames feature a crisscross detail between the lenses. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "Sunglasses for Every Face Shape," 9 July 2010 Brush over top of cake, then use a fork to score a crisscross pattern into the dough. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "This French plum tart is a bit on the shy side," 11 Sep. 2018 When stacking, use a crisscross pattern to make pillars at each end for stability. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Stack Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 One sported a crisscross over the face, and evoked Princess Amidala from Star Wars. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crisscross


1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined above


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crisscross


obsolete christcross, crisscross mark of a cross

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English Language Learners Definition of crisscross

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to form a pattern on (something) with lines that cross each other
: to go from one side of (something) to the other side and come back again



English Language Learners Definition of crisscross (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pattern that is formed by lines crossing each other


criss·​cross | \ ˈkris-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce crisscross (audio) \
crisscrossed; crisscrossing

Kids Definition of crisscross

1 : to go, pass, or extend back and forth or cover with something that extends back and forth On our trip we crisscrossed the state.
2 : to mark with or make lines that go across one another

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