Definitions

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

  • adjective Arranged in or forming a cross; cruciform.
  • adjective Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.
  • adjective Shaped like a cross.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To torture; torment; afflict with extreme pain or distress; excruciate.
  • noun An obsolete form of crusade.
  • Tormented; excruciated.
  • In botany, having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard, etc.; cruciform: applied also to tetraspores of red marine algæ. See tetraspore.
  • In zöol., crucial or cruciform; crossed or cross-shaped; specifically, in entomology, crossing each other diagonally in repose, as the wings of many hymenopterous insects and the hemelytra of the Heteroptera.

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

  • transitive verb To torture; to torment. [Obs.] See excruciate.
  • adjective obsolete Tormented.
  • adjective (Bot.) Having the leaves or petals arranged in the form of a cross; cruciform.

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

  • adjective In the form of a cross; cruciform.
  • adjective Overlapping or crossing.
  • verb obsolete To torture; to torment.

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

  • adjective shaped like a cross

Etymologies

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

[New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.]

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From Latin cruciatus.

Examples

  • Italian captain Parisse, currently sidelined with a long term cruciate knee ligament injury, is widely regarded as the best player in Italian rugby and has become an inspiration figure within Nick Mallett's national setup in recent times.

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  • Carlisle, who admits he has been an "addict" of the show since childhood, had previously failed an audition during a long-term cruciate ligament injury lay-off from January 2001 to September 2002.

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  • They are called cruciate because they cross each other somewhat like the lines of the letter X; and have received the names anterior and posterior, from the position of their attachments to the tibia.

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  • 'Everybody knows the cruciate is a bad injury but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.'

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  • "Everybody knows the cruciate is a bad injury but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be."

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  • "Everybody knows the cruciate is a bad injury but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be."

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  • "Everybody knows the cruciate is a bad injury but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be."

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  • "Everybody knows the cruciate is a bad injury but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be."

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  • But when Bullard went down at West Ham he ruptured his cruciate which is a completely coincidental injury.

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  • What is so ludicrous in the case from last Wednesday was that not only was the person that the police did this too a Premiership footballer, but he was on crutches having undergone a major operation after suffering cruciate ligament damage in the Everton match against Newcastle some weeks ago and the police tried to take his crutches away from him.

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