crossing

noun

cross·​ing ˈkrȯ-siŋ How to pronounce crossing (audio)
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
2
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web As Israeli troops aim to take control of the Gaza-Egypt border crossing, officials in Cairo warn that the move would undermine the 1979 peace treaty. Sufian Taha, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Immigration has become a key issue in the 2024 election cycle as border crossings have reached a record high during Biden’s tenure and Congress has failed to come to an agreement on new border security measures. Sara Dorn, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The trip will wind down with a transatlantic crossing before one last stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Trump has also repeatedly attacked Biden over high inflation earlier in the president's term and his handling of record-high migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 25 Feb. 2024 Fewer aid trucks have entered Gaza this week than earlier in the year, when between 100 and 200 trucks were arriving on most days; both border crossings used for aid have frequently closed, sometimes because Israeli protesters pressing for the release of hostages have blocked a crossing. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Annunciation House had always run on a shoestring budget, and the COVID-19 pandemic made things even harder; volunteer levels dropped, even as border crossings rose, after a brief lull in 2020, to record numbers. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2024 Many are pictured with inflatable boats, or even simple rubber rings, caught after allegedly attempting river crossings to Hungary. CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 The Rafah crossing was reopened from both sides after the police arrived and the Palestinian Authority was able to control the situation completely, according to the source. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crossing was in 1575

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“Crossing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossing. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

crossing

noun
cross·​ing ˈkrȯ-siŋ How to pronounce crossing (audio)
1
a
: the act of one that crosses
b
: a voyage across water
c
: the act or process of interbreeding or hybridizing
2
: a place where a street or stream is crossed
3
: a place where two things (as a street and a railroad track) cross

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