cross·​ing | \ ˈkrȯ-siŋ How to pronounce crossing (audio) \

Definition of crossing

1 : the act or action of crossing: such as
a : a traversing or traveling across
b : an opposing, blocking, or thwarting especially in an unfair or dishonest manner
2a : a place or structure (as on a street or over a river) where pedestrians or vehicles cross especially : crosswalk
b : the place in a cruciform church where the transept crosses the nave
c : a place where a railroad track crosses a street

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Examples of crossing in a Sentence

Stop at the railroad crossing. a crossing for ferry boats the crossing of a mountain range a weeklong crossing of the Atlantic Ocean
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Recent Examples on the Web Outside mainland China, concern is growing in Hong Kong, which has sealed off most of its border crossings. James Griffiths, CNN, "Wuhan coronavirus: China marks another deadly day as new outbreaks hit Hong Kong and Japan," 5 Feb. 2020 Hong Kong shut almost all of its land and sea border crossings with the mainland at midnight after medical workers began a strike demanding the border be closed completely. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "China’s virus cases top 20K as Hong Kong closes most borders," 4 Feb. 2020 After their first Atlantic crossing, funds were low. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Ahoy There, Mommy! Family Sails Around World on YouTube," 23 Oct. 2019 Earlier this year Eritrea once again closed all its border crossings with Ethiopia. The Economist, "Did Ethiopia’s premier deserve the Nobel peace prize?," 19 Oct. 2019 Part of that has been due to their crossing on corners, sometimes either too short or far too long., "The last time the Revolution played NYCFC was Sept. 7, when an early red card — later overturned — was costly in a game New England lost, 2-1, despite leading for more than an hour. The Revolution were still the aggressors in the early going despite playing a man down.," 29 Sep. 2019 His fastest Catalina Channel crossing, in 1998, was 14 hours, 52 minutes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Endurance athlete, 66, aims to swim Catalina Channel for fifth time Wednesday," 24 Sep. 2019 Kevin Boehm, director of parks and recreation for Two Rivers, said the city is working on an interpretive sign with photos to be installed near where Halderson started his 1967 two-way crossing. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oostburg teens' ski trip across Lake Michigan wasn't the first; trio did it in 1962," 30 Aug. 2019 To mark the 50th anniversary on Thursday, hundreds of fans flocked to Abbey Road Studios in St. John’s Wood in London and its famous street crossing. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Scores flock to Abbey Road for 50th anniversary of Beatles photo," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crossing

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crossing was in 1575

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17 Feb 2020

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“Crossing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crossing

: a place where two things (such as a street and a railroad track) cross each other
: a place where you can cross a street, stream, etc.
: the act of going across something


cross·​ing | \ ˈkrȯ-siŋ How to pronounce crossing (audio) \

Kids Definition of crossing

1 : a point where a line, track, or street intersects another line, track, or street
2 : a place provided for going across a street, railroad tracks, or a stream
3 : a voyage across a body of water

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