cross talk


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

Examples of cross talk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, a whole lot of tossing olive oil, cross talking with his daughter who’s filming, and general family mayhem. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, "I Can’t Be With My Family for Dinner, But at Least This Chef Lets Me Join His," 24 Apr. 2020 The nervous-immune connection is intriguing in light of recent research suggesting that chemical cross talk between gut macrophages and nerve fibers can control peristalsis, the process that moves food through the digestive tract. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Newly Found “Peacekeeping” Cells Be a Weapon against COVID-19?," 27 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, on network television, things were reaching that level of cacophonous cross talk that’s only seen when there’s no real news to report. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Iowa Caucus Was a Media Debacle, Too," 4 Feb. 2020 The 12-candidate format is likely to generate more than a few moments of cross talk and interruptions, particularly as lower-polling candidates seek a possible last opportunity to break out in front of a national audience. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Next Democratic Debate Will Have 12 Candidates Onstage, the Most Ever," 2 Oct. 2019 But Karsenty notes these findings do not provide a clear road map of how the brain-bone cross talk happens. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Fight or Flight May Be In Our Bones," 12 Sep. 2019 The issue took up the rest of the first hour of the debate but the constant cross talk between the candidates was repeatedly interrupted by the CNN moderators, who were strictly enforcing the cable outlet's debate rules and time limits. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Health care and CNN's rules are among the winners and losers of Tuesday's Democratic debate," 30 July 2019 At times the forum became a free-for-all of cross talk among candidates desperate to wedge their personalities and signature ideas into brief snippets of television airtime. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Diverge on Economy and Immigration in First Debate," 27 June 2019 Eavesdropping Plants Despite the growing evidence that plants are capable of communication, many plant scientists still question whether this cross talk is biologically meaningful. Quanta Magazine, "The Secret Language of Plants," 16 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of cross talk

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cross talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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