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

  • noun The act or action of crossing.
  • noun A place at which roads, lines, or tracks intersect; an intersection.
  • noun A place at which a river, railroad, or highway, for example, may be crossed.
  • noun The intersection of the nave and transept in a cruciform church.
  • noun Biology The process of crossbreeding; hybridization.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of passing across something: as, the crossing of the Atlantic.
  • noun Intersection: as, the crossing of bars in latticework.
  • noun The place at which a road, ravine, mountain, river, etc., is or may be crossed or passed over: as, the crossings of streets.
  • noun In railroads, the necessary arrangement of rails to form a communication from one track-way to the other.
  • noun The act of opposing or thwarting; contradiction.
  • noun The act of making the sign of the cross: as, with many protestations and crossings.
  • noun The act or process of cross-breeding or cross-fertilizing: hybridization.

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

  • noun The act by which anything is crossed.
  • noun The act of making the sign of the cross.
  • noun The act of interbreeding; a mixing of breeds.
  • noun Intersection, as of two paths or roads.
  • noun A place where anything (as a stream) is crossed; a paved walk across a street, or a set of marks across the street pavement indicating that this is a designated location for pedestrians to cross.
  • noun Contradiction; thwarting; obstruction.

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

  • noun An intersection where roads, lines, or tracks cross
  • noun A place at which a river, railroad, or highway may be crossed
  • noun A voyage across a body of water
  • noun architecture The volume formed by the intersection of chancel, nave and transepts in a cruciform church; often with a tower or cupola over it
  • adjective rare Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction.

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

  • noun traveling across
  • noun a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
  • noun a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
  • noun a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean)
  • noun a junction where one street or road crosses another
  • noun a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect
  • noun (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids


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  • The term crossing is sometimes used in a much more restricted sense, as in the remark of Mr. Boswell in his essay quoted on page 69 where he says, "When I praise the advantage of crossing I would have it clearly understood that it is only to bring together animals _not nearly related_ but always of _the same breed_."

    The Principles of Breeding or, Glimpses at the Physiological Laws involved in the Reproduction and Improvement of Domestic Animals S. L. Goodale

  • He wants to aggressively grab the most interesting software technology the labs is working on and herd it as quickly as possible into new products if it shows potential -- what he calls crossing the chasm from applications to products.

    Avaya stares down Microsoft, Cisco 2010

  • All vendors have their R&D teams, but Shockley aims for driving out the time it takes to go from idea to product, what he calls crossing the chasm.

    Avaya Labs tries to fast-track good ideas 2010

  • If my memory serves me correctly, the Santa Teresa crossing is about 15 miles west of I25 from a junction just north of El Paso.

    Best Route Denver, CO to Morelia 2006

  • We came through Laredo with no problem and wonder if this crossing is as easy as Laredo.

    border crossing Juarez/El Paso 2006

  • In any event, the Colombia crossing is a dandy, a good option even if that tollroad hasn´t reopened.

    Border Crossing 2005

  • This crossing is a bit out of the way, but it is virtually empty all the time.

    Mazatlan from Austin 2004

  • I have lived in Ciudad de Acuña for the past three years and the crossing is always an easy one.

    Border Crossing 2003

  • SLOBOGIN: Dr. David Greenfield specializes if addiction, and lately, he's spending a lot of time treating a new and addictive brand of adultery, what he calls crossing the line on line.

    CNN Transcript May 7, 2005 2005

  • The Santa Teresa crossing is my favorite -- you avoid Juarez and El Paso.

    Border Crossing with FM3 2002


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