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noughts and crosses


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  • n. A two-player game played on a three-by-three grid, in which players take it in turns to play their respective symbol (either a nought or a cross) in a cell of the grid, the objective being to form a row, column or diagonal of three of one's own symbol.

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  • n. a game in which two players alternately put crosses and circles in one of the compartments of a square grid of nine spaces; the object is to get a row of three crosses or three circles before the opponent does


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  • I never realized tic-tac-toe had another name.

    February 13, 2008

  • OED: A game in which two players seek to complete a row of either three noughts or three crosses, each one drawn alternately in the spaces of a grid of nine squares. Also called (esp. U.S.) tic-tac-toe.

    I've also seen this spelled "naughts."

    February 12, 2008