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 The White House warned that people not covered under the new policy should not take the risk of attempting a border crossing. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "White House announces end to Trump-era policy of sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico to await immigration proceedings," 16 Feb. 2021 Nine minutes into its run, the Humvee approached a pair of fence posts about 12 feet apart, at a road crossing. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Autonomous-Car Chaos of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge," 6 Jan. 2021 Plans also call for new sidewalks, a mid-block pedestrian crossing near the library, pedestrian and roadway LED lighting, utility upgrades and aesthetic improvements and amenities, including space for sidewalk cafes. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Portion of Akron’s Main Street closed to traffic until about May 31 because of construction," 4 Jan. 2021 The film was in fact shot on the luxury liner during a transatlantic crossing. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: A family finds itself in ‘Minari’," 11 Dec. 2020 As the conflict escalated, her family left their home in Kafr Nubl in 2013 and made a reluctant crossing to Turkey, where her youngest child, Ahmad, three, was born. National Geographic, "What the lullabies we sing to our children reveal about us," 25 Nov. 2020 Daraa city is just north of Syria’s border with Jordan, and the province of the same name hosts a strategic border crossing. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, "Escalating violence in strategic Syrian city belies Assad’s claim that he’s in control," 24 Nov. 2020 Somewhere near Bologna a man waited at a crossing with boxes of grapes piled atop his tiny van. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slowing Down in the Dolomites," 12 Nov. 2020 Roma, about 180 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, hosts an international bridge crossing where the Border Patrol often files reports of violence just across the river, Jones said. Fox News, "Lara Logan witnesses gun, grenade battle at US-Mexico border: 'War raging on America's doorstep'," 5 Feb. 2021

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Crossing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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