cross talk


: 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)
: conversation that does not relate to the main topic being discussed
: conversation or repartee engaged in for an audience

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, relatively little of this cross talk would be noticeable in the final cut of the film. Jon Mooallem, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 The cross talk boiled down to this: Orange is for the plantations and the sun; black is for the dark times; blue is for the sea and the future. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 No cross talk, no giant cups of coffee, not even music playing in the background. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2022 Anyone who has listened to their sons or daughters competing online has heard at least one side of conversation carried out as effortlessly as the cross talk between two basketball players on the playground during a game of HORSE. New York Times, 19 Dec. 2021 Modular construction for addressing varying customer requirements is enabled by combining multiple base units operating at different wavelengths (905 and 940 nm to prevent cross talk and enable high laser pulse rates). Sabbir Rangwala, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Elegant cross talk between organs is orchestrated by the profoundly complicated immune system. E. Wesley Ely, STAT, 26 Oct. 2021 Its residents met in the cross talk, the gossip, and the spiritual pining found in those verses, which were often read aloud or featured in homegrown periodicals such as The Bolinas Hit, The Paper, and the Bolinas Hearsay News. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Its performance is affected by the overall interaction of such things as the number of qubits, connectivity of qubits, gate fidelity, cross talk, circuit compiler efficiency, and other features that affect a quantum computer. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cross talk was in 1887

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“Cross talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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