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

  • transitive verb To mark or shade with two or more intersecting sets of parallel lines.
  • noun A pattern made by such lines.
  • noun The symbol (#).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In engraving, a series of lines intersecting at right angles or diagonally.
  • In engraving, to shade with lines crossing one another. See cross-hatching.

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

  • transitive verb To shade by means of crosshatching.

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

  • noun A pattern of crossing lines.
  • verb To mark or fill with a crosshatch pattern.

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

  • verb shade with multiple crossing lines
  • noun shading consisting of multiple crossing lines


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