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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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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Aid groups were shocked by the seemingly absurd prospect of a naval operation without any boats, and lambasted the EU for abandoning people trying to make the perilous crossing from Libya in search of better lives or refuge in Europe. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "EU extends anti-migrant smuggler mission, without ships," 29 Mar. 2019 Passengers can get to the boarding platforms for Metra’s Chicago Ridge Station at the pedestrian crossing in front of the depot and west of Ridgeland. Mary Wisniewski,, "Construction projects to close Ridgeland Avenue, I-294 ramps," 6 July 2018 There were more than 50 at the official crossings in April and March each, according to the figures. CBS News, "1,995 minors separated from adults during six-week period, DHS says," 15 June 2018 Thousands of Haitians have crossed over in to Canada from an irregular crossing near the Champlain-Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle border in hopes of finding residency in Canada. Jacqueline Charles And Brenda Medina, miamiherald, "Canada's warning to TPS holders thinking of crossing the border illegally: Just don't," 11 June 2018 Demolition of the wall began as people began chipping away at it, claiming souvenirs and even creating holes big enough for new unofficial border crossings in some places., "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - West Germany Win Italia '90 Against a Backdrop of Reunification," 6 May 2018 Even the borders themselves are a relatively recent phenomenon: Until the 20th century, border crossings in North America were a relatively free and open exercise. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018 Border crossings, which had fallen in early 2017, were back up. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Genesis of Trump’s Family-Separation Policy," 22 June 2018 One more key item to mind: Beware of limited street-crossings. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Your questions about Chicago Pride Fest and the Chicago Pride Parade, answered," 12 June 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 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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an enemy or opponent

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