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cross

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noun \ˈkrȯs\

Definition of cross

  1. 1a :  a structure consisting of an upright with a transverse beam used especially by the ancient Romans for executionb often capitalized :  the cross on which Jesus was crucified

  2. 2a :  crucifixionb :  an affliction that tries one's virtue, steadfastness, or patience We all have our crosses to bear.

  3. 3 :  a cruciform sign made to invoke the blessing of Christ especially by touching the forehead, breast, and shoulders

  4. 4a :  a device composed of an upright bar traversed (see 1traverse transitive 3) by a horizontal one; specifically :  one used as a Christian symbolb capitalized :  the Christian religion

  5. 5 :  a structure (such as a monument) shaped like or surmounted by a cross a cross over a grave

  6. 6 :  a figure or mark formed by two intersecting lines crossing at their midpoints The crosses at the end of the letter indicate kisses.; specifically :  such a mark used as a signature

  7. 7 :  a cruciform badge, emblem, or decoration

  8. 8 :  the intersection of two ways or lines :  crossing

  9. 9 :  annoyance, thwarting a cross in love

  10. 10a :  an act of crossing (see 2cross 8) dissimilar individualsb :  a crossbred individual or kind The dog is a cross of a hunting dog and a sheepdog.c :  one that combines characteristics of two different types or individuals A zedonk is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.

  11. 11a :  a fraudulent or dishonest contest “I never fought a cross or struck a foul blow in my life … ” — George Bernard Shawb :  dishonest or illegal practices —used especially in the phrase on the cross

  12. 12 :  a movement from one part of a theater stage to another

  13. 13a :  a punch thrown over the opponent's lead in boxing hit him with a right crossb :  an attacking pass in soccer played across the field from one side to the other or to the middle

  14. 14 :  a security transaction in which a broker acts for both buyer and seller (as in the placing of a large lot of common stock) —called also cross-trade

Examples of cross in a Sentence

  1. a necklace with a gold cross

  2. The teacher marked the absent students on her list with crosses.

  3. Those who could not write signed their names with a cross.

Illustration of cross

Origin and Etymology of cross

Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse or Old Irish; Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin cruc-, crux


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cross

verb

Definition of cross

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to lie or be situated acrossb :  intersect

  3. 2 :  to make the sign of the cross upon or over

  4. 3 :  to cancel by marking a cross on or drawing a line through :  strike out cross names off a list

  5. 4 :  to place or fold crosswise one over the other cross the arms

  6. 5a (1) :  to run counter to :  oppose (2) :  to deny the validity of :  contradictb :  to confront in a troublesome manner :  obstructc (1) :  to spoil completely :  disrupt —used with up His failure to appear crossed up the whole program. (2) :  to turn against :  betray crossed me up on the deal

  7. 6a :  to extend across or over :  traverse a highway crossing the entire stateb :  reach, attain Only two crossed the finish line.c :  to go from one side of to the other cross a street crosses racial barriers

  8. 7a :  to draw a line acrossb :  to mark or figure with lines :  streak

  9. 8 :  to cause (an animal or plant) to interbreed with one of a different kind :  hybridize

  10. 9 :  to meet and pass on the way Our letters must have crossed each other.

  11. 10 :  to occur to It never crossed my mind.

  12. 11 :  to carry or take across something crossed the children at the intersection

  13. 12 :  to turn (the eyes) inward toward the nose The boy made a funny face and crossed his eyes.

  14. intransitive verb
  15. 1a :  to move, pass, or extend across something crossed through France crossed over to the other side of the riverb :  to move or pass from one character, condition, or allegiance to another —used with over crossing over to vote for another party's candidate

  16. 2 :  to lie or be athwart each other

  17. 3 :  to meet in passing especially from opposite directions

  18. 4 :  interbreed, hybridize

crosser

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cross one's fingers

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keep one's fingers crossed

  1. :  to hope for a particular or stated outcome Owners are crossing their fingers that relief might be on the way. — Mike Freeman Keep your fingers crossed that something will be worked out. — Marge Crumbaker

cross paths

  1. :  to meet especially by chance crossed paths with an old friend on a business trip

cross swords

  1. :  to engage in a dispute

Examples of cross in a Sentence

  1. We crossed the state border hours ago.

  2. The dog crossed the street.

  3. The highway crosses the entire state.

  4. He was the first runner to cross the finish line.

  5. The train crosses through France.

  6. Put a nail where the boards cross.

  7. One line crossed the other.

Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


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cross

adjective

Definition of cross

  1. 1a :  lying across or athwartb :  moving across cross traffic

  2. 2a :  running counter :  oppositeb :  mutually opposed cross purposes

  3. 3 :  involving mutual interchange :  reciprocal

  4. 4 :  marked by typically transitory bad temper

  5. 5 :  extending over or treating several groups, conditions, or classes a cross sample from 25 colleges

  6. 6 :  crossbred, hybrid

crossly

adverb

crossness

noun

Examples of cross in a Sentence

  1. I didn't mean to make you cross.

  2. I was cross with her for being so careless.

Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


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cross

preposition

Definition of cross

  1. :  across

Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


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cross

adverb

Definition of cross

  1. :  not parallel :  crisscross, crosswise

Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


Cross

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biographical name \ˈkrȯs\

Definition of Cross

  1. Wilbur Lucius 1862–1948 American educator and politician


Cross

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geographical name \ˈkrȯs\

Definition of Cross

  1. river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in western Cameroon and southeastern Nigeria flowing west and south into the Gulf of Guinea


CROSS Defined for English Language Learners

cross

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noun

Definition of cross for English Language Learners

  • : a long piece of wood with a shorter piece across it near the top that people were once fastened to and left to die on as a form of punishment

  • the Cross : the cross on which Jesus Christ died

  • : an object or image in the shape of a cross that is used as a symbol of Christianity

cross

verb

Definition of cross for English Language Learners

  • : to go from one side of (something) to the other : to go across (something)

  • : to go or pass across each other

  • : to place one arm, leg, etc., over the other

cross

adjective

Definition of cross for English Language Learners

  • : annoyed or angry


CROSS Defined for Kids

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cross

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noun \ˈkrȯs\

Definition of cross for Students

  1. 1 :  a structure, object, or mark formed by two lines that cross each other

  2. 2 often cap :  the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified used as a symbol of Christianity

  3. 3 :  a mixture of two different things, types, or qualities The game is a cross of luck and skill.

cross to bear

  1. :  a hardship that someone endures for a long time We all have our crosses to bear.


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Definition of cross for Students

crossed

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crossing

  1. 1 :  to move, pass, or extend across or past Look both ways before you cross the street.

  2. 2 :  to place one over the other Cross your fingers!

  3. 3 :  to lie or be situated across A path crosses the front yard.

  4. 4 :  to go across :  intersect

  5. 5 :  to turn (the eyes) toward the nose

  6. 6 :  to draw a line across Remember to cross your t's.

  7. 7 :  to act against :  oppose She's tough, and I wouldn't dare to cross her.

  8. 8 :  to cause (an animal or plant) to breed with one of another kind :  produce hybrids

  9. 9 :  to pass going in opposite directions Their letters crossed in the mail.

cross off

  1. :  to draw a line through (something) You can cross my name off the list.

cross out

  1. :  to draw a line through (something) to show that it is wrong I crossed out the misspelled word.

cross someone's mind

  1. :  to be thought of by someone Losing never crossed her mind.

cross yourself

  1. :  to touch the forehead, chest, and shoulders as an expression of Christian faith (as in prayer)


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adjective

Definition of cross for Students

crosser

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crossest

  1. 1 :  hard to get along with :  irritable

  2. 2 :  lying, falling, or passing across a cross street

crossly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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cross

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noun \ˈkrȯs\

Medical Definition of cross

  1. 1:  a device composed of an upright bar traversed by a horizontal one

  2. 2a:  an act of crossing dissimilar individualsb:  a crossbred individual or kind


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cross

verb

Medical Definition of cross

  1. :  to cause (an animal or plant) to interbreed with one of a different kind :  hybridize the crossing of two cattle breeds

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  interbreed, hybridize


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cross

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Medical Definition of cross



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