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 Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Trade Secretary Liz Truss are crisscrossing North America as part of Downing Street’s latest push to shore up economic and political ties with key allies ahead of the looming withdrawal deadline. Chris Gavin, National Review, "Can the U.S. Help the Post-Brexit U.K.?," 13 Aug. 2019 At mealtime in Huntsville, pizzas, wings, burgers, Thai dishes and more are crisscrossing busy roads on their way to hungry diners. Deborah Storey | For,, "Food delivery craze drives GrubSouth," 17 July 2019 Soon a half dozen men and women are crisscrossing the hill, setting fires. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Wet California winter is a boon for skiers and water supply. But it brings a threat: wildfires.," 17 June 2019 The Celebrity Equinox, which left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday morning to crisscross the Caribbean, was supposed to dock at the nation's capital of Nassau for the tail end of its excursion. NBC News, "After Hurricane Dorian, Celebrity cruise ship in Bahamas reroutes to deliver food, aid," 6 Sep. 2019 Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet and crisscross them with a floured fork. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kids take home blue ribbons for creative cookie and lemonade at State Fair," 12 Aug. 2019 That’s the new normal in a state crisscrossed with power lines. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Blame Utilities for Wildfires. But Blame Everyone Else Too," 14 June 2019 It is crisscrossed with lagoons, lakes, and estuaries. Longreads, "The Geography of Risk," 26 Sep. 2017 The crisscrossing straps paid tribute to Crawford’s Versace VMAs outfit, which featured a similar strappy bustier top accented with gold buckles. Helen Murphy,, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford While Celebrating Her 18th Birthday in N.Y.C.," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of crisscross was in 1818

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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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