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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The 39 miles of Virgin’s twin-track corridor from Cocoa to Orlando International Airport will be entirely new, have no crossings and will be intensively maintained to minimize bumping or jarring. Kevin Spear,, "Virgin Trains in Central Florida will leave highway traffic in the ‘dust’," 17 June 2019 Start by mountain biking the Maah Daah Hey Trail, 144 miles of rugged singletrack, river crossings, and precipitous ridge climbs just outside South Billings. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 Also included is a vertical ladder climb to a 70-foot lookout platform, a cargo net crossing and a tightrope walk. Gerry Frank,, "3 ideas for spending time with Dad on Father’s Day: Gerry Frank’s picks," 9 June 2019 Mexico has since offered to send troops to the border to help reduce migrant crossings and, according to Bloomberg, money Americans might have saved with Trump’s tax cuts has been wiped out by tariffs already in place. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: Biden, Big Tech, D-Day, Impeachment, Tiananmen," 8 June 2019 Just hours after Israel announced the re-opening of its main Gaza crossings Sunday, a mortar shell was launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, the army said. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel, Hamas take first steps toward Gaza cease-fire deal," 31 Mar. 2019 In Europe, there was more evidence that nations have not shared the human responsibility of providing a safe haven to refugees making dangerous crossings by boat to find a better future here. Alf Dubs, Time, "I Fled the Nazis as a Child Refugee. Trump's Border Policy Echoes Europe's Darkest Days," 21 June 2018 Egypt also has kept its crossing into Gaza closed for much of the past 10 years. Ruth Eglash,, "Argentine soccer team cancels match in Israel amid death threats against Lionel Messi," 6 June 2018 After having a shark follow him for five days during his Atlantic crossing, Lecomte is prepared this time, with a shark repellant bracelet. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "French man to cross Great Pacific Garbage Patch on 6-month swim," 5 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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to take the place or position of

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