recross

verb

re·​cross (ˌ)rē-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce recross (audio)
recrossed; recrossing; recrosses
: to cross again: such as
a
transitive + intransitive : to intersect for second or subsequent time
A beautiful young student crosses and recrosses his path …Oliver Herford
These multiple storylines, all fascinating, cross and recross in ways that expand the meanings of all of them …Nancy Lord
b
transitive : to return to a position with one part lying crosswise one over another
He recrossed his arms, looked away and refused to move.Bob Levey
He immediately sat down at the defense table to one side of the courtroom, crossing and recrossing his legs with studied indifference.Carol J. Williams
c
transitive + intransitive : to traverse again : to go again from one side to the other
In this way did the restless shade of Captain H. C. Jorgenson recross the water of oblivion to step back into the life of men.Joseph Conrad
As Mrs. Vincent Crummles recrossed back to the table, there bounded on to the stage from some mysterious inlet, a little girl in a dirty white frock …Charles Dickens

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recross was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Recross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recross. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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