Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To mark with crossing lines.
  • intransitive verb To move back and forth through or over.
  • intransitive verb To move back and forth.
  • noun A mark or pattern made of crossing lines.
  • noun A state of being at conflicting or contrary purposes.
  • adjective Crossing one another or marked by crossings.
  • adverb In a manner or direction that crosses or is marked by crossings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To form a crisscross; intersect frequently.
  • noun Same as christ-cross.
  • noun A crossing or intersection; a congeries of intersecting lines.
  • noun A game played on a slate, or on paper, by children, in which two players set down alternately, in a series of squares, the one a cross, the other a cipher. The object of the game is to get three of the same characters in a row. Also called tit-tat-to.
  • Like a cross or a series of crosses; crossed and recrossed; going back and forth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To mark or cover with cross lines.
  • noun A mark or cross, as the signature of a person who is unable to write.
  • noun A child's game played on paper or on a slate, consisting of lines arranged in the form of a cross.
  • adverb In opposite directions; in a way to cross something else; crossing one another at various angles and in various ways.
  • adverb With opposition or hindrance; at cross purposes; contrarily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To move back and forth (over something.)
  • verb To mark something with crossed lines.
  • noun A pattern of crossed lines.
  • adjective marked with crossed lines
  • adverb crossing one another

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cross in a pattern, often random
  • noun a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
  • verb mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
  • verb mark with a pattern of crossing lines
  • adverb crossing one another in opposite directions
  • adjective marked with crossing lines

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Middle English Cristcrosse, mark of a cross, short for Cristcross (me speed), may Christ's cross (give me success).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English "Christ's cross"

Examples

  • Ganesha, the God of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles, is seated in a posture my kids call crisscross applesauce, what I once called "Indian style" but which, despite this instance of fairly precise nomenclature, is now considered politically incorrect.

    Beth Kohl: Crisscross Applesauce

  • As we zoom in to where the hurricane is right now, you can see these lines here that kind of crisscross around the hurricane.

    CNN Transcript Aug 17, 2007

  • In reality, a network of trails that "crisscross" all of Southwest Virginia is already in place.

    From On High

  • In reality, a network of trails that "crisscross" all of Southwest Virginia is already in place.

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  • Henry pulled his feet up under him in a move Claire’s kindergarten teacher called crisscross applesauce.

    Sea Escape

  • Henry pulled his feet up under him in a move Claire’s kindergarten teacher called crisscross applesauce.

    Sea Escape

  • They had both been born in May, for which emeralds are the birth stone, and gently placed, kind of crisscross, around the main stone.

    The Denver Newspaper Agency YourHub.com Stories

  • The Turbo design provides a "crisscross" pattern that sizes residue from two directions in one pass.

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  • The Turbo design provides a "crisscross" pattern that sizes residue from two directions in one pass.

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  • They had both been born in May, for which emeralds are the birth stone, and gently placed, kind of crisscross, around the main stone.

    The Denver Newspaper Agency YourHub.com Stories

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