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

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 Since a crash may eject passengers, the seat belt system uses dual three-point lap/shoulder belts for each occupant that crisscross the torso. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 The visible scars that crisscross his body amid fresh new tracings of blood confirm that this is not the first time that self-harm has been undertaken. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Some of the former farmers have taken jobs sweeping the broad avenues that crisscross the capital. New York Times, 2 July 2021 Housing developments were starting to blossom along the two-lane highways that crisscross the Delta. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021 Sulphuric steam rises up and hangs in the air between the footbridges that crisscross the street. Selena Takigawa Hoy, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2021 Close to 40,000 kilometers of lines crisscross the country, linking all of China's major mega-city clusters. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 30 June 2021 Many older competitors, especially those willing to crisscross the country to play sports, get a sense of purpose in life — goals and direction — from exercise. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 And from thereon, tug at the medulla and crisscross the cerebrum. Piyush Jha, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Say hello to the perfect true blue pair of crisscross jeans. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 2 July 2021 Its crisscross leather strap adds a touch of style while also doubling down on support. Emily Belfiore,, 28 Apr. 2021 When stacking, use a crisscross pattern to make pillars at each end for stability. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2021 Just move the knives in a crisscross motion to cut the butter into the flour. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2020 Brush with the milk and, using the tip of a sharp knife, score the top in a shallow crisscross pattern. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2020 Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and line the bottom and sides with crisscross pieces of parchment paper. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020 Spots that honor Mandela’s life and legacy crisscross South Africa. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The resulting pattern looks like a crisscross of dumbbells, which, when tested, could tolerate bending and stretching more than the conventional e-skin with simple holes. Karen Kwon | Inside Science, ABC News, 18 July 2021 When jeans seem out of the question on sweltering days, crisscross shorts are a cooler choice. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 2 July 2021 The simple crisscross delivers easily and affordably. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 17 May 2021 The main difference is that the crisscross in the neutral zone feeds rush offense while overlapping in the offensive zone is useful when teams are cycling in overtime. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 The reason for the crisscross between burgeoning debt and falling interest expense is basic. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2021 The high points are the intricately detailed headlights, a new family look for the Genesis range, and the 19-inch alloy wheels that go from flat disc to G-Matrix crisscross pattern to tire, seemingly skipping the rim altogether. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 Oct. 2020 Rock’s flannel decade was a crisscross of music, marketing, money and technology. Matt Wake |, al, 25 Aug. 2020 That's a pivot for businesses, which typically rely on the crisscross of travelers and don't always spend significant time carving out strategies for individual countries. Michelle Toh, CNN, 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of crisscross was in 1818

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21 Jul 2021

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“Crisscross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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