Definitions

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

  • adverb So as to be or lie in a cross direction; across.
  • adjective Crossing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In the form of a cross.
  • Across; transversely: absolutely or followed by to before an object: as, the timbers were laid crosswise; the woof runs crosswise to the warp.
  • Figuratively, contrary to desire; at cross-purposes; against the grain: as, everything goes crosswise to-day. In last two senses also crossways.

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

  • adverb In the form of a cross; across; transversely.

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

  • adjective crossing; lying across
  • adverb transversely; so as to lie across

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

  • adjective in the shape of (a horizontal piece on) a cross
  • adjective lying or extending across the length of a thing or in a cross direction
  • adverb transversely
  • adverb not in the intended manner

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

cross +‎ -wise

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