cross·​ing | \ ˈkrȯ-siŋ \

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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Synonyms for crossing


cruise, passage, sail, voyage

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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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The San Ysidro Port of Entry, the biggest official border crossing into the US, remained completely shut down in both directions during the unrest and for hours afterward. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 Pacaraima, in the northern jungle state of Roraima, is a major border crossing with Venezuela, where economic and political turmoil has driven tens of thousands to cross into Brazil over the past few years. Fox News, "Brazilians attack Venezuelan immigrants in border town," 18 Aug. 2018 Burgess had planned to stand on her board for the 90 mile distance -- and farther if currents lengthened her course — and hoped to make the crossing in less than 30 hours. Linda Trischitta,, "Paddleboarder crosses Florida Straits from Cuba; she's approaching Key West," 27 June 2018 In the interview Sunday night, the pope also took aim at Italy's new populist government, which has been cracking down on asylum seekers attempting dangerous crossings by boat from Africa. Chico Harlan And William Branigin, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis criticizes Trump's family-separation policy, says 'populism is not the solution'," 20 June 2018 On the other side of the country, border agents seized $140,000 in meth concealed in jars of nacho cheese and jalapeno peppers at a Tijuana border crossing in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Border agents seized their canned jalapenos. Inside was $331,000 in Mexican meth, CBP says | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 VILLAGE OF BROWN DEER - Highway 100 in the village will be closed from Monday, May 21, until midday Friday, May 25 while maintenance work is done on the railroad crossing between Deerbrook Trail and Arbon Drive. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Railroad crossing repairs to close Highway 100 in Brown Deer," 16 May 2018 What was supposed to be the final act of the caravan began about 3:30 p.m., when more than 150 of the participants, accompanied by relatives, supporters and the press, marched several blocks to a border crossing in Tijuana called El Chaparral. The New York Times,, "Migrant caravan, after grueling trip, reaches U.S. border," 30 Apr. 2018 What was supposed to be the final act of the caravan began about 3:30 p.m., when more than 150 of the participants, accompanied by relatives, supporters and the press, marched several blocks to a border crossing in Tijuana called El Chaparral. Kirk Semple And Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Migrant Caravan of Asylum Seekers Reaches U.S. Border," 29 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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to gather or build up little by little

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