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

Examples of cross talk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With every additional pathway, the odds of metabolism-disrupting cross talk get higher. WIRED, 30 Oct. 2023 However, a straightforward application of the bus introduced cross talk between the pixels that destroyed the device’s sensitivity. IEEE Spectrum, 3 July 2023 Aside from cross talk between both sides, the event stayed peaceful as dozens of vehicles and officers lined the street outside Chicago’s Kluczynski Federal Plaza, separating the groups. Hank Sanders, Chicago Tribune, 24 June 2023 Throughout development there is constant cross talk from processes that happen at different scales of biological organization. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2023 However increasing the plane density can also generate interference in the form of cross talk, Gong says. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Apr. 2023 This leads to all kinds of cross talk and arguing. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 Brain waves recorded from the scalp on an electroencephalogram, or EEG, show the cross talk of neurons collectively firing waves of electrical impulses across the outermost regions of the brain, or the cerebral cortex, which is typically seen as the control center. Max G. Levy, Wired, 11 May 2021 The two areas are normally in constant cross talk, filtering and analyzing sensory data and making continual adjustments to attention and alertness. Kat McGowan, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross talk was in 1887

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“Cross talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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