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Meaning of cross by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English cross, cros, from Old English cros ( “rood, cross” ), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse kross ( “cross” ), perhaps from Old Irish cros ( compare Welsh croes, Gaelic crois ), from Latin crux. Cognate with Icelandic kross ( “cross” ), Danish kors ( “cross” ), Swedish kors ( “cross” ). Displaced native Middle English rood ( “rood, cross” ), from Old English rōd ( “cross, rood, crucifix, pole” ); see rood .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /krɒs/, X-SAMPA: /krQs/ ( also, especially formerly enPR: ô, IPA: /krɔːs/, X-SAMPA: /krO:s/ )
    • ( US ) IPA: /krɔs/, /krɑs/, X-SAMPA: /krOs/, /krAs/
    • Rhymes: -ɒs


    cross ( plural: crosses )

    The cross on a Rubik's Cube
    1. A geometrical figure consisting of two straight lines or bars intersecting each other such that at least one of them is bisected by the other .
      Put a cross for a wrong answer and a tick for a right one .
    2. ( heraldry ) Any geometric figure having this or a similar shape, such as a cross of Lorraine or a Maltese cross .
    3. A wooden post with a perpendicular beam attached and used ( especially in the Roman Empire ) to execute criminals ( by crucifixion ) .
      Criminals were commonly executed on a wooden cross .
    4. ( usually with the ) The cross on which Christ was crucified .
    5. A hand gesture made by Catholics in imitation of the shape of the Cross .
      She made the cross after swearing .
    6. ( Christianity ) A modified representation of the crucifixion stake, worn as jewellery or displayed as a symbol of religious devotion .
      She was wearing a cross on her necklace .
    7. ( figurative, from Christ's bearing of the cross ) A difficult situation that must be endured .
      It's a cross I must bear .
    8. The act of going across; the act of passing from one side to the other
      A quick cross of the road .
    9. ( biology ) Animal or plant produced by crossbreeding or cross-fertilization .
    10. ( boxing ) a hook thrown over the opponent's punch
    11. ( soccer ) A pass in which the ball travels from by one touchline across the pitch.
    12. A place where roads intersect and lead off in four directions; a crossroad ( common in UK and Irish place names such as Gerrards Cross ) .
    13. A monument that marks such a place. ( Also common in UK or Irish place names such as Charing Cross )
    14. ( Rubik's Cube ) Four edge cubies of one side that are in their right places, forming the shape of a cross .


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    cross ( comparative crosser, superlative crossest )

    1. Transverse; lying across the main direction .
      At the end of each row were cross benches which linked the rows .
    2. ( archaic ) Opposite, opposed to .
      His actions were perversely cross to his own happiness .
    3. ( now rare ) Opposing, adverse; being contrary to what one would hope or wish for.
    4. Bad-tempered, angry, annoyed .
      She was rather cross about missing her train on the first day of the job .


    • ( opposite to ): contrarily, opposed, reverse, antipodal
    • ( mildly angry ): angry, annoyed, irritated



    1. ( archaic ) across
      She walked cross the mountains .


    cross ( third-person singular simple present crosses present participle crossing, simple past and past participle crossed )

    1. To mark with an X .
      Cross the box which applies to you .
    2. ( transitive ) To go from one side of ( something ) to the other .
      Why did the chicken cross the road?
      You need to cross the street at the lights .
    3. ( intransitive ) To travel in a direction or path that will intersect with that of another .
      Ships crossing from starboard have right-of-way .
    4. ( transitive ) To contradict ( another ) or frustrate the plans of .
      "You'll rue the day you tried to cross me, Tom Hero!" bellowed the villain .
    5. ( reflexive to cross oneself ) To make the sign of the cross over oneself .
    6. ( cricket, reciprocally ) Of both batsmen, to pass each other when running between the wickets in order to score runs .
    7. ( biology ) to cross-fertilize or crossbreed .
      They managed to cross a sheep with a goat .
    8. ( law ) to conduct a cross examination; to question a hostile witness
    9. ( soccer ) To pass the ball from one side of the pitch to the other side .
      He crossed the ball into the penalty area .
    10. ( rugby ) To score a try.


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    1. Indicating an exchange or switch .
    2. Indicating a direction ( across ).
      • 1967, William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, Logan's Run, May 1976 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553025171, page 14:
        The room was a cross-mixture of voices .
        "Come in Kelly 4. […] "
        "Come in Stanhope. […] "
        "Evans 9. Confirm. […] "
    3. Indicating applicability to several domains that are usually separate ( as in crossclass, crosslinguistic, cross-platform ) .

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Explanation of cross by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties

    2. cross a horse and a donkey
      Mendel tried crossbreeding
    3. trace a line through or across

    4. cross your `t'
    5. travel across or pass over

    6. meet and pass

    7. the trains crossed
    8. fold so as to resemble a cross

    9. she crossed her legs
    10. meet at a point

    11. hinder or prevent ( the efforts, plans, or desires ) of

    12. to cover or extend over an area or time period

    1. annoyed and irritable

    2. extending or lying across

    3. cross members should be all steel
    1. the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids

    2. an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock

    3. a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey
    4. a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified

    5. a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece

    6. a marking that consists of lines that cross each other

    7. any affliction that causes great suffering

    8. that is his cross to bear

    Definition of cross by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cross ( krŏs; 115 ), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. Crucial, Crusade, Cruise, Crux.]

      1. A gibbet, consisting of two pieces of timber placed transversely upon one another, in various forms, as a T, or +, with the horizontal piece below the upper end of the upright, or as an X. It was anciently used in the execution of criminals.

      Nailed to the cross

      By his own nation. Milton.

      2. The sign or mark of the cross, made with the finger, or in ink, etc., or actually represented in some material; the symbol of Christ's death; the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity, of a Christian people, and of Christendom.

      The custom of making the sign of the cross with the hand or finger, as a means of conferring blessing or preserving from evil, is very old. Schaff-Herzog Encyc.

      Before the cross has waned the crescent's ray. Sir W. Scott.

      Tis where the cross is preached. Cowper.

      3. Affiction regarded as a test of patience or virtue; trial; disappointment; opposition; misfortune.

      Heaven prepares a good man with crosses. B. Jonson.

      4. A piece of money stamped with the figure of a cross, also, that side of such a piece on which the cross is stamped; hence, money in general.

      I should bear no cross if I did bear you; for I think you have no money in your purse. Shak.

      5. An appendage or ornament or anything in the form of a cross; a badge or ornamental device of the general shape of a cross; hence, such an ornament, even when varying considerably from that form; thus, the Cross of the British Order of St. George and St. Michael consists of a central medallion with seven arms radiating from it.

      6. ( Arch. ) A monument in the form of a cross, or surmounted by a cross, set up in a public place; as, “a market cross; a boundary cross; Charing Cross in London”.

      Dun-Edin's Cross, a pillared stone,

      Rose on a turret octagon. Sir W. Scott.

      7. ( Her. ) A common heraldic bearing, of which there are many varieties. See the Illustration, above.

      8. The crosslike mark or symbol used instead of a signature by those unable to write.

      Five Kentish abbesses . . . .subscribed their names and crosses. Fuller.

      9. Church lands. [Ireland] [Obs.] Sir J. Davies.

      10. A line drawn across or through another line.

      11. Hence: A mixing of breeds or stock, especially in cattle breeding; or the product of such intermixture; a hybrid of any kind.

      Toning down the ancient Viking into a sort of a cross between Paul Jones and Jeremy Diddler. Lord Dufferin.

      12. ( Surveying ) An instrument for laying of offsets perpendicular to the main course.

      13. ( Mech. ) A pipe-fitting with four branches the axes of which usually form's right angle.

      Cross and pile, a game with money, at which it is put to chance whether a coin shall fall with that side up which bears the cross, or the other, which is called pile, or reverse; the game called heads or tails. -- Cross bottony or Cross bottoné. See under Bottony. -- Cross estoilé ( Her. ). a cross, each of whose arms is pointed like the ray of a star; that is, a star having four long points only. -- Cross of Calvary. See Calvary, 3. -- Southern cross. ( Astron. ) See under Southern. -- To do a thing on the cross, to act dishonestly; -- opposed to acting on the square. [Slang] -- To take up the cross, to bear troubles and afflictions with patience from love to Christ.

    2. Cross ( krŏs ), a.
      1. Not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse; oblique; intersecting.

      The cross refraction of the second prism. Sir I. Newton.

      2. Not accordant with what is wished or expected; interrupting; adverse; contrary; thwarting; perverse. “A cross fortune.” Jer. Taylor.

      The cross and unlucky issue of my design. Glanvill.

      The article of the resurrection seems to lie marvelously cross to the common experience of mankind. South.

      We are both love's captives, but with fates so cross,

      One must be happy by the other's loss. Dryden.

      3. Characterized by, or in a state of, peevishness, fretfulness, or ill humor; as, “a cross man or woman”.

      He had received a cross answer from his mistress. Jer. Taylor.

      4. Made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation; mutually inverse; interchanged; as, “cross interrogatories; cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other”.

      Cross action ( Law ), an action brought by a party who is sued against the person who has sued him, upon the same subject matter, as upon the same contract. Burrill. -- Cross aisle ( Arch. ), a transept; the lateral divisions of a cruciform church. -- Cross axle. ( Mach. ) A shaft, windlass, or roller, worked by levers at opposite ends, as in the copperplate printing press. A driving axle, with cranks set at an angle of 90° with each other. -- Cross bedding ( Geol. ), oblique lamination of horizontal beds. -- Cross bill. See in the Vocabulary. -- Cross bitt. Same as Crosspiece. -- Cross bond, a form of bricklaying, in which the joints of one stretcher course come midway between those of the stretcher courses above and below, a course of headers and stretchers intervening. See Bond, n., 8. -- Cross breed. See in the Vocabulary. -- Cross breeding. See under Breeding. -- Cross buttock, a particular throw in wrestling; hence, an unexpected defeat or repulse. Smollet. -- Cross country, across the country; not by the road. “The cross-country ride.” Cowper. -- Cross fertilization, the fertilization of the female products of one physiological individual by the male products of another, -- as the fertilization of the ovules of one plant by pollen from another. See Fertilization. -- Cross file, a double convex file, used in dressing out the arms or crosses of fine wheels. -- Cross fire ( Mil. ), lines of fire, from two or more points or places, crossing each other. -- Cross forked. ( Her. ) See under Forked. -- Cross frog. See under Frog. -- Cross furrow, a furrow or trench cut across other furrows to receive the water running in them and conduct it to the side of the field. -- Cross handle, a handle attached transversely to the axis of a tool, as in the augur. Knight. -- Cross lode ( Mining ), a vein intersecting the true or principal lode. -- Cross purpose. See Cross-purpose, in the Vocabulary. -- Cross reference, a reference made from one part of a book or register to another part, where the same or an allied
      subject is treated of. -- Cross sea ( Naut. ), a chopping sea, in which the waves run in contrary directions. -- Cross stroke, a line or stroke across something, as across the letter t. -- Cross wind, a side wind; an unfavorable wind. -- Cross wires, fine wires made to traverse the field of view in a telescope, and moved by a screw with a graduated head, used for delicate astronomical observations; spider lines. “cross wires are also used in microscopes, etc.”

      Syn. -- Fretful; peevish. See Fretful.

    3. Cross, prep. Athwart; across. [Archaic or Colloq.]

      A fox was taking a walk one night cross a village. L'Estrange.

      To go cross lots, to go across the fields; to take a short cut. [Colloq.]

    4. Cross, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crossed ( krŏst; 115 ); p. pr. & vb. n. Crossing.]
      1. To put across or athwart; to cause to intersect; as, “to cross the arms”.

      2. To lay or draw something, as a line, across; as, “to cross the letter t”.

      3. To pass from one side to the other of; to pass or move over; to traverse; as, “to cross a stream”.

      A hunted hare . . . crosses and confounds her former track. I. Watts.

      4. To pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time. “Your kind letter crossed mine.” J. D. Forbes.

      5. To run counter to; to thwart; to obstruct; to hinder; to clash or interfere with.

      In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing. Shak.

      An oyster may be crossed in love. Sheridan.

      6. To interfere and cut off; to debar. [Obs.]

      To cross me from the golden time I look for. Shak.

      7. To make the sign of the cross upon; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, “he crossed himself”.

      8. To cancel by marking crosses on or over, or drawing a line across; to erase; -- usually with out, off, or over; as, “to cross out a name”.

      9. To cause to interbreed; -- said of different stocks or races; to mix the breed of.

      To cross a check ( Eng. Banking ), to draw two parallel transverse lines across the face of a check, with or without adding between them the words “and company”, with or without the words “not negotiable”, or to draw the transverse lines simply, with or without the words “not negotiable” ( the check in any of these cases being crossed generally ). Also, to write or print across the face of a check the name of a banker, with or without the words “not negotiable” ( the check being then crossed specially ). A check crossed generally is payable only when presented through a bank; one crossed specially, only when presented through the bank mentioned. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] -- To cross one's path, to oppose one's plans. Macaulay.

    5. Cross, v. i.
      1. To lie or be athwart.

      2. To move or pass from one side to the other, or from place to place; to make a transit; as, “to cross from New York to Liverpool”.

      3. To be inconsistent. [Obs.]

      Men's actions do not always cross with reason. Sir P. Sidney.

      4. To interbreed, as races; to mix distinct breeds.

      If two individuals of distinct races cross, a third is invariably produced different from either. Coleridge.