crisscross

verb
criss·cross | \ˈkris-ˌkrȯs \
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

crisscross

adjective

Definition of crisscross (Entry 2 of 3)

: marked or characterized by crisscrossing

crisscross

noun

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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Other Words from crisscross

Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

President Trump’s two top Middle East advisors have quietly crisscrossed the region all week, stopping in five countries in an effort to drum up support for their still-secret proposal to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "White House team visits Mideast to advance its still-secret Israeli-Palestinian peace plan," 23 June 2018 Flashing lights crisscrossed the nightclub while people filled in the three rows of chairs lined up around the ring. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pro wrestling gets a hold in the city, San Francisco style," 5 June 2018 But as Levine crisscrosses the state promoting his radical sea-rise agenda on Miami Beach, his signature accomplishment is springing leaks back home. David Smiley, Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "Levine is campaigning on climate change. But his sea-rise legacy is complicated. | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Walsh Construction Company, which beat out five other bidders, will begin in May to overhaul 10 bridges that weave over, duck under and crisscross one another. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Mixmaster Bridge Project Could Cause New Traffic Headaches In Waterbury," 16 Apr. 2018 In an early rehearsal four dancers shuffled buoyantly through crisscrossing patterns based on a reconstructed Shaker dance, circling their arms in the air. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Take Me to Church and Let Me Dance," 2 Mar. 2018 When winter looms, apply a mulch of crisscrossed evergreen boughs to help plants make it through the cold weather ahead. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 30 Aug. 2017 The man who grew up in Canada’s New Brunswick province, guided by hockey to a life in sunny San Diego, has crisscrossed the continent for more than two decades as the NHL’s diversity ambassador. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Willie O'Ree broke NHL color barrier, charted path to hockey Hall," 26 June 2018 Graham, in the previous month, had crisscrossed the country to work out for at least a dozen NBA teams. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Here's what the last two days were like for KU's Devonté Graham," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Score the fruit in a crisscross pattern through to the skin. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Flatten again in opposite direction, forming crisscross marks. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Peanut Butter Cookie Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 12 June 2018 The ceiling is tall enough to include a dining mezzanine on one side, and the crisscross of round filament lights above the rows of blond wood tables helps to reinforce the bright, modern effect. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 The pieces have a graphic impact with crisscross weaving on the winged chair backs and a striped effect on the sloped base of the dining chair and stool/side table. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable," 20 Apr. 2018 The pieces have a graphic impact with crisscross weaving on the winged chair backs and a striped effect on the sloped base of the dining chair and stool/side table. Washington Post, "Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable," 20 Apr. 2018 Move your hands in a crisscross pattern caressing their torso in broad strokes. 13. Redbook, "33 Sexy Places to Touch Your Guy," 30 Oct. 2017 For Upton, that meant a Chantilly lace wedding gown with crisscross detail at the bust and rather demure full sleeves. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Kate Upton Wore 3 Different Dresses at Her Epic Tuscan Wedding," 11 Dec. 2017 Drizzle this over the bars in a crisscross pattern, then sprinkle lightly with a litle salt. Sara Kate Gillingham, chicagotribune.com, "These DIY versions of popular snacks give processed ingredients the boot," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of crisscross

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1840, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crisscross

Verb

obsolete christcross, crisscross mark of a cross

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More Definitions for crisscross

crisscross

verb

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

crisscross

noun

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

: a pattern that is formed by lines crossing each other

crisscross

verb
criss·cross | \ˈkris-ˌkrȯs \
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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