cross·​hair | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌher How to pronounce crosshair (audio) \

Definition of crosshair

: a fine wire or thread in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument used as a reference line in the field or for marking the instrumental axis used figuratively to describe someone or something being targeted as if through an aiming device having crosshairs … in the crosshairs this political season— J. H. Alter

Examples of crosshair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The involves removing the bolt, looking down the bore, aligning the bull’s-eye in its center, and without moving the rifle, dialing the crosshair into the center of the bull. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 24 Sep. 2020 Again watch the reticle while turning the windage and elevation dials to move the crosshair over bullet hole. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 7 Aug. 2020 Wuskin has been labeled a bonafide sniper in Call of Duty League play, forcing the enemies into his crosshair and dictating the pace of crucial search and destroy maps. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 19 June 2020 Yet it was elected leaders in populous Democratic strongholds who’ve found themselves in the crosshairs of the state’s Republicans. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 18 May 2020 Afghan forces have been in the crosshairs of the Taliban despite the peace accord that the U.S. signed with the group. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 15 May 2020 The prospect of playing games without fans would put athletes in the crosshairs of the disease. Ann Killion,, 15 May 2020 At home, the subzero rates are frustrating banks, while the SNB’s interventions in currency markets have put Switzerland in the crosshairs of U.S. authorities. Catherine Bosley,, 13 May 2020 Others of this cohort, precisely because their commitment was to art, had proved themselves quite ungovernable and were continually in the crosshairs of the state. Ann Kjellberg, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of crosshair

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Crosshair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crosshair

: a very thin wire or thread that is seen when you look into a microscope, telescope, etc., and that is used for precisely viewing or aiming at something


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