cross talk

noun

Definition of cross talk 

1 : unwanted signals in a communication channel (as in a telephone, radio, or computer) caused by transference of energy from another circuit (as by leakage or coupling)

2a : conversation that does not relate to the main topic being discussed

b : conversation or repartee engaged in for an audience

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Some 4 percent of people report having it, and studies suggest the phenomenon has to do with slight differences in their brains, compared to normal ones, that allow for more cross talk between the wiring for sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. Maureen Seaberg, Glamour, "Meet the Nurse Whose Superpower is Feeling Your Pain — Literally," 28 Feb. 2018 The singsong verse of the morality plays is countered by ribald cross talk delivered with naturalistic verve. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cross talk

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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