Definitions

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

  • noun An upright post with a transverse piece near the top, on which condemned persons were executed in ancient times.
  • noun The cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
  • noun A crucifix.
  • noun Any of various modifications of the cross design, such as a Latin cross or Maltese cross.
  • noun A medal, emblem, or insignia in the form of a cross.
  • noun The Christian religion; Christianity.
  • noun Christianity The sign of the cross.
  • noun A trial, affliction, or frustration. synonym: burden.
  • noun A mark or pattern formed by the intersection of two lines, especially such a mark (X) used as a signature.
  • noun A movement from one place to another, as on a stage; a crossing.
  • noun A pipe fitting with four branches in upright and transverse form, used as a junction for intersecting pipes.
  • noun Biology A plant or animal produced by crossbreeding; a hybrid.
  • noun One that combines the qualities of two other things.
  • noun A hook thrown over an opponent's punch in boxing.
  • noun A pass made into the center of the field to a player in position to score, especially in soccer.
  • noun Law An act or instance of cross-examining; a cross-examination.
  • noun The Southern Cross.
  • noun Slang A contest whose outcome has been dishonestly prearranged.
  • intransitive verb To go or extend across; pass from one side of to the other.
  • intransitive verb To carry or conduct across something.
  • intransitive verb To extend or pass through or over; intersect.
  • intransitive verb Sports To propel (a ball or puck) as a cross, as in soccer.
  • intransitive verb To delete by drawing a line through.
  • intransitive verb To eliminate or dismiss as unimportant or undesirable.
  • intransitive verb To make or put a line across.
  • intransitive verb To place crosswise one over the other.
  • intransitive verb To make the sign of the cross upon or over as a sign of devotion or blessing.
  • intransitive verb To encounter in passing.
  • intransitive verb To combine the qualities of two things.
  • intransitive verb To interfere with; thwart or obstruct.
  • intransitive verb To betray or deceive; double-cross. Often used with up.
  • intransitive verb Biology To crossbreed or cross-fertilize (plants or animals).
  • intransitive verb Law To cross-examine.
  • intransitive verb To lie or pass across each other; intersect.
  • intransitive verb To move or extend from one side to another.
  • intransitive verb To make a crossing.
  • intransitive verb To meet in passing; come into conjunction.
  • intransitive verb To move or be conveyed in opposite directions at the same time.
  • intransitive verb Biology To crossbreed or cross-fertilize.
  • adjective Lying or passing crosswise; intersecting.
  • adjective Contrary or counter; opposing.
  • adjective Showing ill humor; annoyed.
  • adjective Involving interchange; reciprocal.
  • adjective Crossbred; hybrid.
  • adverb Crosswise.
  • preposition Across.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English cros, from Old English, probably from Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin crux.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • However, I love seeing the simple 'garden spider' / 'cross spider', the one that weaves beautiful webs in my garden and has a white cross pattern on its back.

    toile - French Word-A-Day

  • What makes you think anything about the cross dressing in 'cross and single speed MTB is ironic?

    No Hope, No Pants: the CKHCI and the SSCXWC

  • If we ask what the question is that the passage overall poses, or what the change is that needs to be taking place over the time of the passage's narration, it is about the move from desolation in the face of the cross (Jesus 'cross and the implicit demand for the disciple to carry the cross also) to confidence that the process is the work of love coming from and leading to the Father.

    'The Bible Today: Reading & Hearing', The Larkin-Stuart Lecture

  • In fact, what came out in cross examination, through Mark Geragos 'cross examination, is that there were at least 243 different locations throughout the bay that were being searched by those divers.

    CNN Transcript Jul 14, 2004

  • It crept onwards towards the station of the cross, but -- _it never reached the cross_.

    The Wizard

  • II. ii.157 (47,6) [For I am that way going to temptation, Where prayers cross] Which way Angelo is going to temptation, we begin to perceive; but how _prayers cross_ that way, or cross each other, at that way, more than any other, I do not understand.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • World Cup soccer teams in terrorists 'cross hairs AL Qaeda has put the American and British soccer teams directly in its cross hairs, circulating word online that the athletes are prime targets for an attack at the World Cup Games in South Africa in June, FOXNews. com reports.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • World Cup soccer teams in terrorists 'cross hairs AL Qaeda has put the American and British soccer teams directly in its cross hairs, circulating word online that the athletes are prime targets for an attack at the World Cup Games in South Africa in June, FOXNews. com reports.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • World Cup soccer teams in terrorists 'cross hairs AL Qaeda has put the American and British soccer teams directly in its cross hairs, circulating word online that the athletes are prime targets for an attack at the World Cup Games in South Africa in June, FOXNews. com reports.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • World Cup soccer teams in terrorists 'cross hairs AL Qaeda has put the American and British soccer teams directly in its cross hairs, circulating word online that the athletes are prime targets for an attack at the World Cup Games in South Africa in June, FOXNews. com reports.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

Comments

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  • "We all have our cross to bear."

    January 28, 2008

  • Some of us, however, has a bear to cross.

    January 29, 2008

  • Would that be Gladly, the cross-eyed bear?

    January 29, 2008

  • It's best as an adjective.

    March 21, 2008

  • Like wipe but further away from the camera.

    June 8, 2008

  • . . . he gave it as his opinion that the dog was a cross between a wolf, a Shetland pony, and hyena. It was about that time that Fluff had to be chained.

    --Ellis Parker Butler, 1908, That Pup‎, p. 11

    April 16, 2009