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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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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After stopping at a lookout point at the border, Begnaud and his producer drove over an international bridge that goes from Texas to Mexico, crossing over the Rio Grande river. CBS News, "Video shows man on raft attempting to smuggle people into U.S. via the Rio Grande river," 12 July 2018 Getting there will be a very rough crossing indeed. The Economist, "A new Brexit plan creates fresh depths of chaos," 12 July 2018 Crowding on trains going through the Transbay Tube is so extreme that the system is exploring a second bay crossing. Roland Li,, "Eastline, bigger than Salesforce Tower, wants to transform Oakland," 6 July 2018 District officials anticipate the certification of hazardous crossing will mean eight additional bus routes at five elementary schools, Doughty said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora busing likely boosted middle school attendance, district says," 6 July 2018 The decline follows months of upticks in crossings this year after historic lows in 2017. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Border Crossings Dropped Nearly 20% Under Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Policy," 5 July 2018 For Assad, the Deraa campaign holds out the prospect of reopening the Nassib crossing with Jordan, a vital trade artery. NBC News, "U.N. urges Jordan to open border as 320,000 flee while Russian jets hit southern Syria," 5 July 2018 True border security might be interpreted by some as requiring the construction of a physical barrier through its center, or at least the installation of a vast physical surveillance apparatus that would monitor crossings. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The pernicious myth of “open borders”," 22 June 2018 Closer to downtown Grapevine, Ira E. Woods Avenue has been closed at the railroad crossing since May 29. Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Road closures planned for Northeast Tarrant as commuter rail line nears completion," 20 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 \

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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