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 Every other day, the boys collect a list of addresses from their mother, fill their backpacks with signs, and crisscross the neighborhood to fulfill orders. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "As Fauci battles the pandemic and politics, his grateful neighbors celebrate him as a hero," 7 Aug. 2020 The traditional dry stone walls that crisscross the farm have to be safeguarded. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, "How a Cheese Goes Extinct," 2 Aug. 2020 So far, volunteers have cut out and marked some 600-plus miles; connector segments will crisscross suburbs or wind down empty county roads until more suitable land is bought, acquired, or donated. Jacqueline Kehoe, National Geographic, "Discovering an unexpected wilderness on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail," 30 June 2020 Its spread has come amid China’s busiest travel period of the year, when millions crisscross the country or head abroad for the Lunar New Year holiday. Ken Moritsugu, The Denver Post, "Coronavirus death toll rises in China as U.S. Consulate prepares evacuation," 26 Jan. 2020 Normally, there is one official show per hour, allowing gas-guzzling cars to crisscross Paris transporting editors to and from venues. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus, Paris Fashion Week shifts to unprecedented digital-only shows," 7 July 2020 Galaxies line up in filaments that crisscross intergalactic space like freeways. Scientific American, "Black Hole BLOWBACK," 1 July 2020 Lengths of twine crisscross the gallery, across which hang an assortment of images printed on clear plastic film. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Artist Richard Wentworth shares works of subtle ingenuity in neighborhood mini-gallery," 29 June 2020 The Navy currently has two Sea Hunter prototype vessels, 140-ton, 132-foot vessels produced by Leidos and able to crisscross the ocean. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Navy aims to integrate unmanned vehicles into carrier strike groups by mid-2020s," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Spots that honor Mandela’s life and legacy crisscross South Africa. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Anniversaries and Events Worth Traveling for in 2020," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Chinese shoppers are giving luxury brands some hope," 11 June 2020 For a long-lasting campfire, arrange the kindling in either a crisscross pattern over the tinder or as a four-sided frame around the tinder. René A. Guzman,, "COVID-19 pandemic expected to close or delay summer camps, but you can create your own," 11 May 2020 The threads will either be in a crisscross design or from side to side. Vanessa Nirode, Popular Science, "Five simple fixes to keep your clothing around longer," 10 Jan. 2020 While the boots boast a bright red ribbon laced in a crisscross pattern up the back, the slippers have Ugg's trademark ultra-cozy sheepskin lining across the top. Rachel Lubitz, CNN Underscored, "Zappos and Ugg teamed up to create the ultimate holiday shoe collection," 25 Nov. 2019 Some of the same looks were referenced for men, including a baggier version of the crisscross knits, worn with loose leather shorts, and a big, baggy anorak. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 19 Sep. 2019 The lash was created with a crisscross design to add volume, but also just a touch of drama so that the lashes can be worn daily. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Huda Beauty And Editor Kahlana Barfield Brown Launch Eyelash Collaboration," 26 Aug. 2019 Note: For crisscross grill marks, cook steaks for 2 ½ minutes then using tongs, turn 90 degrees and cook 2 ½ minutes more., "Recipe: Grilled Wagyu Rib-Eye Steak," 12 Aug. 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

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Crisscross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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