from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A structure consisting essentially of an upright and a crosspiece, anciently used as a gibbet in punishment by crucifixion, now, in various reduced or representative forms, as a symbol of the Christian faith.
  • noun A structure or monument in the form of a cross, or with a cross upon it, set up by the wayside, in market-places, etc., in Greek and Roman Catholic countries, to excite devotion.
  • noun A small cross with a human figure attached to it, as a representation of Christ crucified; a crucifix.
  • noun Something resembling a cross, or some device in the form of a cross.
  • noun In England, formerly, any coin bearing the representation of a cross. The common reverse type of English silver coins from William I. to James I. was a cross.
  • noun The crucifixion of Christ; the sufferings and death of Christ as a necessary part of his mission; the atonement.
  • noun The Christian religion, or those who accept it; Christianity; Christendom.
  • noun Any suffering voluntarily borne in Christ's name and for Christ's sake.
  • noun Anything that thwarts, obstructs, perplexes, or troubles; hindrance; vexation; misfortune; opposition; trial of patience.
  • noun A mixing of breeds in the production of animals; an animal of a cross-breed.
  • noun In botany, a cross-breed in plants, produced by cross-fertilizing individuals of different varieties of the same species.
  • noun A four-way joint or connection in a wrought-or cast-iron pipe.
  • noun In electricity, the accidental contact of two wires or conductors belonging to different circuits, or of two parts of the same circuit, in such a manner that a portion of the current flows from one to the other. When such a cross exists between two lines or circuits, they are said to be cross-circuited.
  • noun In sporting, a contest decided dishonestly, through one of the parties allowing himself to be beaten, for the sake of gaining money by betting or bribery.
  • noun The scarlet lychnis, Lychnis Chalcedonica, from the form and color of the flower.
  • noun A society formed by clerical members of the extreme ritualistic section of the English Church.


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