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 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 The rules change came after the first debate featured in a chaotic night of cross talk and constant interruptions by the candidates. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 22 Oct. 2020 Plus, a whole lot of tossing olive oil, cross talking with his daughter who’s filming, and general family mayhem. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Sep. 2019

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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 22 Sep. 2021.

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