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
Recent Examples on the Web The village, 13 miles from the border crossing with Russia, is home to many ethnic Russians. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Last month, Weitzman deployed with Greater Good Charities to Poland on a mission to provide veterinary care and help the International Fund for Animal Welfare set up a border crossing veterinary clinic to support pets impacted by the war in Ukraine. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 That has helped mitigate border crossing numbers under the Biden administration that many congressional Republicans already view as overwhelming. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 What used to be a routine border crossing turned into a 30-hour wait for some trucks. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 The sisters embraced in front of Farmacia La Linea, the lights of the world’s busiest border crossing flashing behind them. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Odesa is about 35 miles from the Palanca border crossing. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 At Palanca, the border crossing in Moldova, psychosocial clinics have been established to identify those struggling mentally and ease the effects of this trauma. Dr. Nicholas P. Kondoleon, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2022 To crossing would be limited to handling fresh and live food to make sure Hong Kong gets adequate supplies. CBS News, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Crossing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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