the sign of the cross

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the sign of the cross

: a movement of the hand that forms a cross shape and that is done as an expression of the Christian faith
  • She knelt and made the sign of the cross.

Word by Word Definitions

sign play
  1. : a motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known

  2. : signal

  3. : a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function

  1. : cross

  2. : to place a sign on or mark by signs

  3. : to represent or indicate by a sign

cross play
  1. : a structure consisting of an upright with a transverse beam used especially by the ancient Romans for execution

  2. : the cross on which Jesus was crucified

  3. : crucifixion

  1. : to lie or be situated across

  2. : intersect

  3. : to make the sign of the cross upon or over

  1. : lying across or athwart

  2. : moving across

  3. : running counter : opposite

  1. : across

  1. : not parallel : crisscross, crosswise


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