American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The basic, central, or critical point or feature: the crux of the matter; the crux of an argument.
- n. A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cross. See phrases below. Specifically
- n. The Southern Cross, the most celebrated constellation of the southern heavens. It was erected into a constellation by Royer in 1679, but was often spoken of as a cross before; there even seems to be an obscure allusion to it in Dante. It is situated south of the western part of Centaurus, east of the keel of Argus. It is a small constellation of four chief stars, arranged in the form of a cross. Its brightest star, the southernmost, is of about the first magnitude; the eastern, half a magnitude fainter; the northern, of about the second magnitude; and the western, of the third magnitude and faint. The constellation owes its striking effect to its compression, for it subtends only about 6° from north to south and still less from east to west. It looks more like a kite than a cross. All four stars are white except the northernmost, which is of a clear orange-color. It contains a fifth star of the fourth magnitude, which is very red.
- n. The cross as an instrument of torture; hence, anything that puzzles or vexes in a high degree; a conundrum.
- n. The basic, central, or essential point or feature.
- n. The critical or transitional moment or issue, a turning point.
- n. A puzzle or difficulty.
- n. The hardest point of a climb.
- n. heraldry A cross on a coat of arms.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain.
- n. the most important point
- n. a small conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere in the Milky Way near Centaurus
- From Latin crux ("cross, wooden frame for execution") (English cross), from the Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, to bend”). (Wiktionary)
- Probably short for Medieval Latin crux (interpretum), torment (of interpreters), from Latin crux, cross. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Nor does the Latin word crux automatically refer to a cross while patibulum refer to the cross-beam.”
“As for the main crux of your question I view commenting on blogs as inherently different from writing a blog.”
“The crux is that few banks have been incentivised to voluntarily contribute comprehensive, high-quality information, limiting the scale of such efforts.”
“The main crux of our authors argument seems to be in this passage: To kill a reader of this newspaper would be to kill a creature richly aware of its environment and full of beliefs and desires, including the desire to continue living.”
“The delicious dramatic crux is that the more precarious Mary's prospects for survival become, the more unnerved Elizabeth appears.”
“The crux is that people are paid, mostly, to do difficult and unpleasant things which they wouldn't otherwise do.”
“While the main crux of the discussion was about the abysmal treatment received, mention was made of computers, and that they are subject to search and seizure, as are jump drives, external harddrives, and all other electronic data storage devices, and they need virtually zero reason or cause to do it.”
“But what's the crux is what's considered "difficult".”
“Updates, 5/16: "It seems silly and grandiose to lavish praise on a movie whose dramatic crux is the recording of a demo tape, and there is some danger that the critical love showered on Once will come to seem a bit disproportionate," warns AO Scott.”
“No ..... the main crux of my original question was, to see if any of you were taking advantage of the seemingly better opportunities in the Mexican markets.”
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