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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Border agents temporarily shut down the entire San Ysidro border crossing and shot tear gas into the crowd, where thousands of migrants were waiting to apply for asylum. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Border Patrol Agents Used Tear Gas to Disperse Hundreds of People in the Migrant Caravan," 26 Nov. 2018 Over the weekend, Customs and Border Protection officials temporarily closed a busy border crossing and dispersed with tear gas hundreds of Central American migrants in the Mexican city of Tijuana who made a rush for the border fence. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Weighs Extending Troop Deployment at Southern Border," 26 Nov. 2018 The personnel were sent in advance of the anticipated arrival of thousands of Central Americans, including children, traveling in caravans currently several hundred miles south of the nearest U.S. border crossing. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Troops’ First Order at the Border: Laying Razor Wire," 6 Nov. 2018 These crossings slightly block light from the star, causing a small dip in brightness that can be measured from Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The search for alien life needs a new space telescope, astronomers say," 8 Sep. 2018 Angelika was behind the wheel of a red Suzuki Baleno for her driving exam in Zaskale, a small Polish village, when the car got stuck on a level crossing. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "A Polish Teen Died During Her Driving Test After Her Car Stalled on Train Tracks," 28 Aug. 2018 Doughty said the district would have to plan in a timely manner for the additional bus routes due to hazardous crossings, because there is a national school bus driver shortage and training drivers can take weeks. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora busing likely boosted middle school attendance, district says," 6 July 2018 The Trump administration has come under intense criticism for the zero tolerance policy which separates children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in order to criminally prosecute all undocumented crossings. Laignee Barron, Time, "Corey Lewandowski Mocks Story About 10-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Separated From Her Mother at the Border," 20 June 2018 The area includes an existing farm crossing over the Rosenow Creek. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Oconomowoc trail project planned for 2019," 18 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crossing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 make faulty or ineffective

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