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

Other Words from crisscross


crisscross adverb

Examples of crisscross in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun She pointed toward the crisscross of trees that had fallen on the path.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, Chicago became a tangled mess for the 1,300 freight and passenger trains that still crisscross the city every day. John Lippert, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 That is, satellites—either high geostationary ones or low-orbit sats that crisscross the sky—bouncing signals between the operators and their vehicle. David Axe, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Billions of gallons of water have been lost as the pipelines that crisscross San Antonio crack and snap amid a drought that continues to plague the area. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Sep. 2022 Georgia’s waterways — the rivers and lakes that crisscross and dot the landscape and those ports of call along the coast — are places where millions look to relax, unwind, enjoy the sunshine and even roll dice. Avery Newmark, AccessAtlanta, 17 June 2022 Allow your arms to swing naturally and crisscross in front of your body. Milo F. Bryant, Men's Health, 4 Aug. 2022 But disputes among Vanguard America’s leadership ultimately led Rousseau to start Patriot Front, said the SPLC, and today, its members crisscross the country carrying Patriot Front’s white supremacist message. Laura Crimaldi,, 23 July 2022 With a jazzy sound, magnetic personalities and crisscross interplay, The N.E.I.G.H.B.O.R.S. call to mind classic conscious-rap combos like Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Matt Wake |, al, 19 July 2022 In the weeks before elections, candidates crisscross their districts giving speeches at train stations and shopping areas, typically with little or no security. Peter Landers, WSJ, 10 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Or how running in a crisscross pattern is supposed to save anyone from being mauled by a chupacabra. Joe Berkowitz, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2022 Last fall, in November, the Fox actress got her glam on with a black-and-white sleeveless dress, which featured a crisscross halter top and a plunging neckline. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 2 Sep. 2022 The elegant sleeveless piece was cinched at the waist and had a high leg slit and a plunging neckline lined with crystal details, which also ran in a crisscross pattern over her décolletage. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Aug. 2022 Thread red string through the holes of a large or medium-size black button in a crisscross pattern; knot or glue in the back to hold in place. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 18 July 2022 Score the fruit in a crisscross pattern through to the skin. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 July 2022 Meanwhile, the carrier features crisscross wings and allows littles to be embraced in a natural 'curl' against the wearer's chest. Tiffany Leigh, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Large timbers were laid in the rock in a crisscross pattern and have been replaced with inlaid stone. Ben Flanagan |, al, 19 June 2022 The crisscross shirring is a fun detail that also provides a torso-slimming effect. Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For a dose of tailoring for the office, pick up Frankie Shop’s minimalist blazer and style it with a comfortable pair of Agolde’s crisscross jeans. Julie Tong, Vogue, 13 July 2022 Plus, the spaghetti straps offer a crisscross back design that complements the tiered silhouette. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Her signature crisscross waistbands are created through a three-step process, and Popova enlists her mother’s help to finish the jeans by removing their stitching. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 11 May 2022 Neighborhoods are a crisscross of wires, delivering electricity to the city via tangled webs. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Now the trend has sallied forth into the fall collections, producing dramatic looks that are simultaneously easy to wear—roomy shoulders, skirts for sitting crisscross-applesauce. Christina Binkley, Town & Country, 8 Apr. 2022 Of course, there are plenty of other styles from the brand included as well, like the Gizeh Birko-Flor, a thong sandal that's $30 off, and the Mayari Birko-Flor, a strappy crisscross slide that's 29 percent off. Alex Warner,, 12 Mar. 2022 The big blue rug for story time had no children sitting crisscross. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 The soft green fruit possessed a perfect crisscross of brown grill marks. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 23 July 2021 See More

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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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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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