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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Nearly a year after Jordan’s main border crossing was opened for refugees to go home, such sentiments are common among the more than 1 million Syrians living in the desert kingdom. Washington Post, "Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home," 11 Sep. 2019 Bolton has also taken a hard line with immigration policy, and clashed with former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over the administration's approach to border crossings. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton after tumultuous tenure," 10 Sep. 2019 Tom Benning reports that Julián Castro's plan to decriminalize unauthorized border crossings has splintered an expansive Democratic presidential field, pitting the former San Antonio mayor, in particular, against fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke. Dallas News, "More secret tape fallout in Texas House, Beto O'Rourke's reboot, Dallas mayor creates crime task force," 20 Aug. 2019 In recent years, border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico frontier have also dwindled in the summer months because of the heat in the region. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump administration says "Remain in Mexico" program is one "we're building to last"," 19 Aug. 2019 Their supervisors have paid little attention to their immigration status, even after Trump launched a campaign built around the threat of immigrants and then used his presidency to crack down on border crossings, workers said. Anchorage Daily News, "How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status," 9 Aug. 2019 Goma, a city of around two million people, sits on the border with Rwanda and acts as a busy transportation hub, running an international airport and overseeing around 15,000 border crossings each day. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "A second Ebola case in Goma—the first prompted an international emergency," 31 July 2019 Bullock said decriminalizing undocumented border crossing is playing into Trump’s hands and will backfire in 2020. al, "Democrats explain support to decriminalize border crossings at Detroit debate," 30 July 2019 Border crossings typically begin to fall in June as temperatures rise, but last month’s drop was larger than in recent years. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Federal Agencies Trade Blame Over Detention of Migrant Children," 12 July 2019

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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 make a temporary encampment

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