What does Cross mean?

Definitions for Cross
krɔs, krɒscross

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Cross.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crossnoun

    a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece

  2. crisscross, cross, marknoun

    a marking that consists of lines that cross each other

  3. Crossnoun

    a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry

  4. cross, crown of thornsnoun

    any affliction that causes great suffering

    "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"

  5. hybrid, crossbreed, crossnoun

    (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species

    "a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey"

  6. hybridization, hybridisation, crossbreeding, crossing, cross, interbreeding, hybridizingadjective

    (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids

  7. cross(a), transverse, transversal, thwartwiseadjective

    extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis

    "cross members should be all steel"; "from the transverse hall the stairway ascends gracefully"; "transversal vibrations"; "transverse colon"

  8. crabbed, crabby, cross, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-temperedverb

    annoyed and irritable

  9. traverse, track, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut acrossverb

    travel across or pass over

    "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"

  10. intersect, crossverb

    meet at a point

  11. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

  12. crossverb

    fold so as to resemble a cross

    "she crossed her legs"

  13. cross, traverse, span, sweepverb

    to cover or extend over an area or time period

    "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries"

  14. crossverb

    meet and pass

    "the trains crossed"

  15. crossverb

    trace a line through or across

    "cross your `t'"

  16. crossbreed, cross, hybridize, hybridise, interbreedverb

    breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties

    "cross a horse and a donkey"; "Mendel tried crossbreeding"; "these species do not interbreed"


  1. crossnoun

    A geometrical figure consisting of two straight lines or bars intersecting each other such that at least one of them is bisected by the other.

    Put a cross for a wrong answer and a tick for a right one.

  2. crossnoun

    Any geometric figure having this or a similar shape, such as a cross of Lorraine or a Maltese cross.

  3. crossnoun

    A wooden post with a perpendicular beam attached and used (especially in the Roman Empire) to execute criminals (by crucifixion).

    Criminals were commonly executed on a wooden cross.

  4. crossnoun

    (usually with the) The cross on which Christ was crucified.

  5. crossnoun

    A hand gesture made by Catholics in imitation of the shape of the Cross.

    She made the cross after swearing.

  6. crossnoun

    A modified representation of the crucifixion stake, worn as jewellery or displayed as a symbol of religious devotion.

    She was wearing a cross on her necklace.

  7. crossnoun

    (figurative, from Christ's bearing of the cross) A difficult situation that must be endured.

    It's a cross I must bear.

  8. crossnoun

    The act of going across; the act of passing from one side to the other

    A quick cross of the road.

  9. crossnoun

    Animal or plant produced by crossbreeding or cross-fertilization.

  10. crossverb

    To mark with an X.

    Cross the box which applies to you.

  11. crossverb

    To go from one side of (something) to the other.

  12. crossverb

    To travel in a direction or path that will intersect with that of another.

    Ships crossing from starboard have right-of-way.

  13. crossverb

    To contradict (another) or frustrate the plans of.

    "You'll rue the day you tried to cross me, Tom Hero!" bellowed the villain.

  14. crossverb

    (reflexive to cross oneself) To make the sign of the cross over oneself.

  15. crossverb

    Of both batsmen, to pass each other when running between the wickets in order to score runs.

  16. crossverb

    to cross-fertilize or crossbreed.

    They managed to cross a sheep with a goat.

  17. crossverb

    to conduct a cross examination; to question a hostile witness

  18. crossverb

    To pass the ball from one side of the pitch to the other side.

    He crossed the ball into the penalty area.

  19. crossnoun

    a hook thrown over the opponent's punch

  20. crossnoun

    A pass in which the ball travels from by one touchline across the pitch.

  21. crossnoun

    A place where roads intersect and lead off in four directions; a crossroad (common in UK and Irish place names such as Gerrards Cross).

  22. crossnoun

    A monument that marks such a place. (Also common in UK or Irish place names such as Charing Cross)

  23. crossnoun

    Four edge cubies of one side that are in their right places, forming the shape of a cross.

  24. crossverb

    To score a try.

  25. crossadjective

    Transverse; lying across the main direction.

    At the end of each row were cross benches which linked the rows.

  26. crossadjective

    Opposite, opposed to.

    His actions were perversely cross to his own happiness.

  27. crossadjective

    Opposing, adverse; being contrary to what one would hope or wish for.

  28. crossadjective

    Bad-tempered, angry, annoyed.

    She was rather cross about missing her train on the first day of the job.

  29. crosspreposition


    She walked cross the mountains.

  30. Crossnoun

    for someone who lived near a stone cross on a road

  31. Etymology: From cross, cros, from cros, of origin, from kross, perhaps from cros (compare croes, Gaelic crois), from crux. Cognate with kross, kors, kors. Displaced native rood, from rod; see rood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crossadjective

    Etymology: from the substantive.

    Whatsoever penumbra should be made in the circles by the cross refraction of the second prism, all that penumbra would be conspicuous in the right lines which touch those circles. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    The sun, in that space of time, by his annual contrary motion eastward, will be advanced near a degree of the ecliptick, cross to the motion of the equator. William Holder, on Time.

    The ships must needs encounter, when they either advance towards one another in direct lines, or meet in the intersection of cross ones. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Was this a face,
    To stand against the deep dread bolted thunder?
    In the most terrible and nimble stroke
    Of quick cross lightning? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Were both love’s captives; but with fate so cross,
    One must be happy by the other’s loss. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    Cross to our interests, curbing sense and sin;
    Oppress’d without, and undermin’d within,
    It thrives through pain. Dryden.

    It runs cross to the belief and apprehension of the rest of mankind; a difficulty, which a modest and good man is scarce able to encounter. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    When, through the cross circumstances of a man’s temper or condition, the enjoyment of a pleasure would certainly expose him to a greater inconvenience, then religion bids him quit it. Robert South, Sermons.

    Did ever any man upon the rack afflict himself, because he had received a cross answer from his mistress? Taylor.

    All cross and distasteful humours, and whatever else may render the conversation of men grievous and uneasy to one another, must be shunned. John Tillotson, Sermon 5.

    The mind brings all the ends of a long and various hypothesis together; sees how one part coheres with, and depends upon another; and so clears off all the appearing contrarieties and contradictions, that seemed to lie cross and uncouth, and to make the whole unintelligible. Robert South, Sermons.

    We learn the great reasonableness of not only a contented, but also a thankful acquiescence in any condition, and under the crossest and severest passages of providence. Robert South, Sermons.

    I cannot, without some regret, behold the cross and unlucky issue of my design; for by my dislike of disputes, I am engaged in one. Joseph Glanvill.

    Evarchus made a cross marriage also with Dorilaus’s sister, and shortly left her with child of the famous Pyrocles. Philip Sidney.

    They had long conference, not only upon commerce, but upon cross marriages, to be had between the king’s son and the archduke’s daughter; and again, between the archduke’s son and the king’s daughter. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

  2. CROSSnoun

    Etymology: croix, Fr. croce, Ital. crux, Latin.

    They make a little cross of a quill, longways of that part of the quill which hath the pith, and crossways of that piece of the quill without pith. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 494.

    You are first to consider seriously the infinite love of your Saviour, who offered himself for you as a sacrifice upon the cross. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to the Penitent.

    Her holy faith and Christian cross oppos’d
    Against the Saxon gods. Nicholas Rowe.

    She doth stray about
    By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays. William Shakespeare.

    Wishing unto me many crosses and mischances in my love, whensoever I should love. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Then let us teach our trial patience,
    Because it is a customary cross. William Shakespeare.

    Heaven prepares good men with crosses; but no ill can happen to a good man. Ben Jonson, Discoveries.

    A great estate hath great crosses, and a mean fortune hath but small ones. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    He was said to make soldiers spring up out of the very earth to follow him, though he had not a cross to pay them salary. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    Whereas we cannot much lament our loss,
    Who neither carry’d back nor brought one cross. Dryden.

    Whacum had neither cross nor pile;
    His plunder was not worth the while. Hudibras, p. ii.

    This I humbly conceive to be perfect boys play; cross, I win, and pile, you lose; or, what’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is my own. Jonathan Swift.

  3. Crossprep.

    They were advertised, that the enemy had, in the woods before them, whereby they were to pass, cut down great trees cross the ways, so that their horse could not possibly pass that way. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Betwixt the midst and these, the gods assign’d
    Two habitable seats of human kind;
    And cross their limits cut a sloaping way,
    Which the twelve signs in beauteous order sway. John Dryden, Virg.

    Cross his back, as in triumphant scorn,
    The hope and pillar of the house was born. John Dryden, Fables.

    A fox was taking a walk one night cross a village. Roger L'Estrange.

  4. To Crossverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    This forc’d the stubborn’st, for the cause,
    To cross the cudgels to the laws;
    That what by breaking them’t had gain’d,
    By their support might be maintain’d. Hudibras, p. iii. c. 2.

    The loxia, or cross-bill, whose bill is thick and strong, with the tips crossing one another, with great readiness breaks open fir-cones, apples, and other fruit, to come at their kernels; as if the crossing of the bill was designed for this service. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

    I shall most carefully observe, not to cross over, or deface the copy of your papers for the future, and only to mark in the margin. Alexander Pope.

    A hunted hare treads back her mazes, and crosses and confounds her former track. Isaac Watts.

    He conquered this proud Turk as far as the Hellespont, which he crossed, and made a visit to the Greek emperor at Constantinople. William Temple.

    We found the hero, for whose only sake
    We sought the dark abodes, and cross’d the bitter lake. Dry.

    But he them spying, ’gan to turn aside,
    For fear, as seem’d, or for some feined loss;
    More greedy they of news, fast towards him do cross. Edmund Spenser.

    Still do I cross this wretch, whatso he taketh in hand. Richard Hooker.

    The king no longer could endure
    Thus to be cross’d in what he did intend. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.

    He was so great an enemy to Digby and Colepeper, who were only present in debates of the war with the officers, that he crossed all they proposed. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Bury’d in private, and so suddenly!
    It crosses my design, which was t’ allow
    The rites of funeral fitting his degree. John Dryden, Span. Fryar.

    Swell’d with our late successes on the foe,
    Which France and Holland wanted pow’r to cross,
    We urge an unseen fate. Dryden.

    The firm patriot there,
    Though still by faction, vice, and fortune crost,
    Shall find the generous labour was not lost. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Then their wills clash with their understandings, and their appetites cross their duty. John Locke.

    No governour is suffered to go on with any one course, but upon the least information he is either stopped and crossed, or other courses appointed him from hence. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    It may make my case dangerous, to cross this in the smallest. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    In all this there is not a syllable which any ways crosseth us. Richard Hooker, b. ii. sect. 6.

    It is certain, howsoever it cross the received opinion, that sounds may be created without air. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    From his loins no hopeful branch shall spring,
    To cross me from the golden time I look for. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

  5. To Crossverb

    Men’s actions do not always cross with reason. Philip Sidney.


  1. Cross

    A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two intersecting lines or bars, usually perpendicular to each other. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally. A cross of oblique lines, in the shape of the Latin letter X, is also termed a saltire in heraldic terminology. Throughout centuries the cross in its various shapes and forms was a symbol of various beliefs. In pre-Christian times it was a pagan religious symbol throughout Europe and western Asia. In ancient times, the effigy of a man hanging on a cross was set up in the fields to protect the crops. The cross was even considered a male symbol of the phallic Tree of Life; thus it often appeared in conjunction with the female-genital circle or oval, to signify the sacred marriage, as in Egyptian amulet Nefer with male cross and female orb, considered as an amulet of blessedness, a charm of sexual harmony.


  1. cross

    Cross typically refers to the action of moving from one side or location to the other, often involving the traversal or intersection of a physical boundary or barrier. It can also refer to combining or integrating different elements or ideas from varying fields or disciplines. The term "cross" can also be used as a noun, representing a symbol formed by two intersecting lines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crossnoun

    a gibbet, consisting of two pieces of timber placed transversely upon one another, in various forms, as a T, or +, with the horizontal piece below the upper end of the upright, or as an X. It was anciently used in the execution of criminals

  2. Crossnoun

    the sign or mark of the cross, made with the finger, or in ink, etc., or actually represented in some material; the symbol of Christ's death; the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity, of a Christian people, and of Christendom

  3. Crossnoun

    affiction regarded as a test of patience or virtue; trial; disappointment; opposition; misfortune

  4. Crossnoun

    a piece of money stamped with the figure of a cross, also, that side of such a piece on which the cross is stamped; hence, money in general

  5. Crossnoun

    an appendage or ornament or anything in the form of a cross; a badge or ornamental device of the general shape of a cross; hence, such an ornament, even when varying considerably from that form; thus, the Cross of the British Order of St. George and St. Michael consists of a central medallion with seven arms radiating from it

  6. Crossnoun

    a monument in the form of a cross, or surmounted by a cross, set up in a public place; as, a market cross; a boundary cross; Charing Cross in London

  7. Crossnoun

    a common heraldic bearing, of which there are many varieties. See the Illustration, above

  8. Crossnoun

    the crosslike mark or symbol used instead of a signature by those unable to write

  9. Crossnoun

    church lands

  10. Crossnoun

    a line drawn across or through another line

  11. Crossnoun

    a mixing of breeds or stock, especially in cattle breeding; or the product of such intermixture; a hybrid of any kind

  12. Crossnoun

    an instrument for laying of offsets perpendicular to the main course

  13. Crossnoun

    a pipe-fitting with four branches the axes of which usually form's right angle

  14. Crossadjective

    not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse; oblique; intersecting

  15. Crossadjective

    not accordant with what is wished or expected; interrupting; adverse; contrary; thwarting; perverse

  16. Crossadjective

    characterized by, or in a state of, peevishness, fretfulness, or ill humor; as, a cross man or woman

  17. Crossadjective

    made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation; mutually inverse; interchanged; as, cross interrogatories; cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other

  18. Cross

    athwart; across

  19. Crossverb

    to put across or athwart; to cause to intersect; as, to cross the arms

  20. Crossverb

    to lay or draw something, as a line, across; as, to cross the letter t

  21. Crossverb

    to pass from one side to the other of; to pass or move over; to traverse; as, to cross a stream

  22. Crossverb

    to pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time

  23. Crossverb

    to run counter to; to thwart; to obstruct; to hinder; to clash or interfere with

  24. Crossverb

    to interfere and cut off; to debar

  25. Crossverb

    to make the sign of the cross upon; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, he crossed himself

  26. Crossverb

    to cancel by marking crosses on or over, or drawing a line across; to erase; -- usually with out, off, or over; as, to cross out a name

  27. Crossverb

    to cause to interbreed; -- said of different stocks or races; to mix the breed of

  28. Crossverb

    to lie or be athwart

  29. Crossverb

    to move or pass from one side to the other, or from place to place; to make a transit; as, to cross from New York to Liverpool

  30. Crossverb

    to be inconsistent

  31. Crossverb

    to interbreed, as races; to mix distinct breeds

  32. Etymology: [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. Crucial, Crusade, Cruise, Crux.]


  1. Cross

    A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two lines or bars perpendicular to each other, dividing one or two of the lines in half. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally; if they run obliquely, the design is technically termed a saltire, although the arms of a saltire need not meet at right angles. The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and has been used by many religions, most notably Christianity. It is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four elements or cardinal points, or alternately as the union of the concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal line.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cross

    kros, adj. lying across: transverse: oblique: opposite: adverse: ill-tempered: interchanged: dishonest: balancing, neutralising.—adv. across.—n. a crossing or mixing of breeds, esp. of cattle: something intermediate in character between two other things: dishonest practices, esp. in a sporting contest when one of the parties corruptly allows himself to be beaten.—v.t. to lay one body or draw one line across another: to cancel by drawing cross lines: to pass from side to side: to write across a bank-cheque the name of a banking company, or simply '& Co.' between the lines, to be filled up with the name of a banking company, through whom alone it may be paid: to obstruct: to thwart: to interfere with.—v.i. to lie or be athwart: to move or pass from place to place.—n. Cross′-ac′tion (law), an action brought by the defender against the pursuer in the same cause.—adjs. Cross′-armed, having the arms crossed: (bot.) brachiate; Cross′-band′ed, having the grain of the veneer run across that of the rail—of a hand-rail.—n. Cross′-bar, a transverse bar: a kind of lever.—adj. Cross′-barred.—ns. Cross′-beam, a large beam stretching across a building and serving to hold its sides together; Cross′-bench, in the House of Lords, certain benches so placed, on which independent members sometimes sit; Cross′-bill, a bill brought by the defendant in a Chancery suit against the plaintiff; Cross′-bill, a genus of birds resembling bullfinches, linnets, &c., with the mandibles of the bill crossing each other near the points; Cross′-birth, a birth in which the child lies transversely in the uterus.—v.t. Cross′bite, to bite the biter.—n.pl. Cross′-bones, a figure of two thigh-bones laid across each other—together with the skull, a conventional emblem of death.—ns. Cross′bow, a weapon for shooting arrows, formed of a bow placed crosswise on a stock; Cross′bower, -bowman, one who uses a crossbow.—adj. Cross′-bred.—ns. Cross′-breed, a breed produced by the crossing or intermixing of different races; Cross′-breed′ing; Cross′-butt′ock, a particular throw over the hip in wrestling; Cross′-cheque (see Cheque).—adj. Cross′-coun′try, across the fields rather than by the road.—n. Cross′-cut, a short road across from one point to another.—v.t. to cut across.—ns. Cross′cut-saw, a large saw worked by two men, one at each end, for cutting beams crosswise; Cross′-divi′sion, the division of any group into divisions that cut across each other and produce confusion.—adj. Crossed, marked by a line drawn crosswise, often denoting cancellation: folded: cruciate.—n. Cross′-examinā′tion.—v.t. Cross′-exam′ine, to test the evidence of a witness by subjecting him to an examination by the opposite party.—adj. Cross′-eyed, having a squint.—ns. Cross′-fertilisā′tion, the fecundation of a plant by pollen from another; Cross′-fire (mil.), the crossing of lines of fire from two or more points; Cross′-gar′net, a T-shaped hinge.—adjs. Cross′-gar′tered (Shak.), wearing the garters crossed on the leg; Cross′-grained, having the grain or fibres crossed or intertwined: perverse: contrary: intractable.—ns. Cross′-grain′edness; Cross′-guard, the bar, at right angles to the blade, forming the hilt-guard of a sword; Cross′-hatch′ing, the art of shading by parallel intersecting lines; Cross′-head, a beam across the head of something, esp. the bar at the end of the piston-rod of a steam-engine; Cross′ing, act of going across: the place where a roadway, &c. may be crossed: intersection: act of thwarting: cross-breeding.—adj. Cross′-legged, having the legs crossed.—adv. Cross′ly.—ns. Cross′ness; Cross′-patch, an ill-natured person; Cross′-piece, a piece of material of any kind crossing another: (naut.) a timber over the windlass, with pins for belaying the running rigging; Cross′-pur′pose, a contrary purpose: contradictory conduct or system: an enigmatical game; Cross′-quar′ters, an ornament of tracery like the four petals of a cruciform flower: a quatrefoil.—v.t. Cross′-ques′tion, to question minutely, to cross-examine.—ns. Cross′-ref′erence, a reference in a book to another title or passage; Cross′-road, a road crossing the principal road, a bypath; Cross′-row (same as Christ-cross-row); Cross′-sea, a sea that sets at an angle to the direction of the wind; Cross′-sill, a railroad sleeper lying under the rails transversely as a support to the stringer; Cross′-spring′er, a cross-rib in a groined vault; Cross′-staff, a surveying instrument consisting of a staff surmounted with a brass circle divided into four equal parts by two intersecting lines; Cross′-stone, chiastolite: staurolite: harmotome; Cross′-tie, in a railroad, a timber placed under opposite rails as a support; Cross′-tin′ing, a mode of harrowing crosswise.—n.pl. Cross′trees, pieces of timber placed across the upper end of the lower-masts and top-masts of a ship.—ns. Cross′-vault′ing, vaulting formed by the intersection of two or more simple vaults; Cross′way, a way that crosses another; Cross′-wind, an unfavourable wind, a side-wind.—adv. Cross′wise, in the form of a cross: across.—Cross as two sticks, particularly perverse and disagreeable.—Cross the path of any one, to thwart him; Cross one's mind, to flash across the mind.

  2. Cross

    kros, n. a gibbet on which malefactors were hung, consisting of two pieces of timber, one placed crosswise on the other, either thus: the instrument on which Christ suffered, and thus the symbol of the Christian religion: the sufferings of Christ: the atonement effected by these: a representation of the cross, a staff surmounted by a cross, a monument, model, or ornament in the form of a cross, esp. that in this form in the centre of a town at which proclamations are made, &c.: (Scot.) a signal or call to arms sent throughout a district, being a cross of two sticks charred and dipped in blood (Fiery cross): the transverse part of an anchor, or the like: a surveyor's cross-staff: anything that crosses or thwarts: a crossing or crossway: adversity or affliction in general.—v.t. to mark with a cross, or to make the sign of the cross.—ns. Cross′-aisle, a transept aisle of a cruciform church; Cross′-bear′er, one who carries a cross in a procession; Cross′-bun, a bun marked with the form of a cross, eaten on Good-Friday; Cross′ing, the making the sign of the cross; Cross′-stitch, a double stitch in the form of a cross; Cross′let, a little cross.—Crost, obsolete pa.p. of Cross.—Cross-and-pile, the obverse and reverse side of a coin, head and tail; Cross of Calvary, the Latin cross or cross of crucifixion elevated on three steps; Cross of Jerusalem, one having each arm capped by a cross-bar; Cross of Lorraine, a cross with two horizontal arms, combining the Greek and Latin crosses; Cross of St James, a Latin cross figured as a sword; Cross of St Patrick, the saltier cross of Ireland (red on a white ground).—Cross one's mind, to flash across the mind; Cross the path of any one, to thwart him.—Ansate cross (crux ansata), a common symbol of immortality in ancient Egypt; Archiepiscopal cross, the pastoral staff surmounted by a cross; Buddhist cross, the gammadion or fylfot, with returned arms, a symbol found in prehistoric remains in Italy and elsewhere; Capital cross, a Greek cross having each extremity terminated in an ornament like a Tuscan capital; Capuchin-cross, a cross having each arm terminated by a ball; Celtic cross, a type of cross found in Ireland and in the north and west of Scotland, varying from a cross incised on a flat slate to an elaborate cruciform monument—some crosses of this type show Scandinavian workmanship, and hence are often called Runic crosses; Greek cross, an upright cross with limbs of equal length—the well-known Cross of St George (red on a white ground); Latin cross (crux immissa), an upright cross having the lower limb longer than the others; Maltese cross, the badge of the knights of Malta, converging to a point in the centre, with two points to each limb; Norman cross, an elaborate memorial cross like a Gothic turret set on the ground, or on the base of a few steps, with niches for figures and pinnacles; Patriarchal cross, a cross with two horizontal bars; Rouen cross, a cross in fretwork, as a brooch or pendant; St Andrew's cross (crux decussata), or Cross saltier, a cross of two shafts of equal length crossed diagonally at the middle—the saltier cross of Scotland (white on a blue ground); St Anthony's cross (crux commissa); Southern cross, a constellation in the Antarctic region where the stars are in the form of a cross. [O. Fr. crois (Fr. croix)—L. cruc-em, orig. an upright post to which latterly a cross-piece was added.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Cross

    (a) A contact between two electric conductors; qualified to express conditions as a weather cross, due to rain, a swinging cross when a wire swings against another, etc. (b) vb. To make such contact.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CROSS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cross is ranked #420 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cross surname appeared 77,557 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 26 would have the surname Cross.

    75.4% or 58,532 total occurrences were White.
    18.2% or 14,177 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 1,954 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 1,745 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 706 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 442 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cross' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2508

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cross' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1817

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cross' in Nouns Frequency: #986

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cross' in Verbs Frequency: #296

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cross in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cross in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Cross in a Sentence

  1. Shel Silverstein:

    Draw a crazy picture,Write a nutty poem,Sing a mumble-gumble song,Whistle through your comb.Do a loony-goony dance'Cross the kitchen floor,Put something silly in the worldThat ain't been there before.

  2. Nneka Abigail:

    It's very difficult at the moment for Nigerians and other foreigners to cross. The Ukrainian officials are allowing more Ukrainians to cross into Poland. For instance, around 200 to 300 Ukrainians can cross, and then only 10 foreigners or 5 will be allowed to cross... and the duration of time is too long. It's really hard.. they push us, kick us, insult us.

  3. Martin Luther:

    No man ought to lay a cross upon himself, or to adopt tribulation, as is done in popedom but if a cross or tribulation come upon him, then let him suffer it patiently, and know that it is good and profitable for him.

  4. Bill Vaughan:

    A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

  5. Wang Yi:

    What we care about is, once someone has come into power, how he or she handles the cross-strait relationship, whether he or she will maintain the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, whether he or she will recommit to the political foundation of cross-strait relations, the one China principle.

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Translations for Cross

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  • صَليب, صليب, عبر, تعبرArabic
  • хъанчAvaric
  • xaçAzerbaijani
  • суҡыныу, тәреBashkir
  • крыжBelarusian
  • кръст, кръстоска, центриране, противоположен, напречен, разпя́тие, кръстене, пресичам, противодействам, препятствам, кръстя се, кръстосвамBulgarian
  • creuCatalan, Valencian
  • kříženec, kříž, přecházet, přejetCzech
  • krydsDanish
  • Kreuz, Kreuzung, böse, gegenüber, quer, Kreuzzeichen, verärgert, entgegengesetzt, Flanke, hintergehen, bekreuzigen, ankreuzen, kreuzen, konterkarieren, überquerenGerman
  • εγκάρσιος, σταυρός, θυμωμένος, υβρίδιο, περνώ απέναντι, σταυροκοπιέμαι, διασταυρώνωGreek
  • kruca, kruco, kruci, krucigi, krucmarki, transiriEsperanto
  • enfadado, de través, cruz, contrario, atravesado, cruce, aspa, transversal, cruzar, marcar, atravesar, santiguarse, persignarse, pasarSpanish
  • ristEstonian
  • خاج, صلیب, چلیپا, عرض چیزی را طی کردنPersian
  • risti, rasti, ristinpuu, ristinmerkki, vihainen, vastakkainen, risteymä, poikittainen, ärtynyt, käänteinen, poikittaissuuntainen, poikki, sekaantua, tehdä, ylittää, mennä, ristetä, astua tielle, risteyttää, rastittaa, yliFinnish
  • krossurFaroese
  • contraire, transversal, croix, signe de croix, transversale, fâché, contrarié, traverser, croiser, faire le signe de croix, contrecarrer, déjouerFrench
  • cros, crois, téigh trasna, crosáilIrish
  • crois, crostaScottish Gaelic
  • cruzGalician
  • צְלָבHebrew
  • नाराज़, सलीबHindi
  • kereszt, átmegy, áthalad, keresztet vet, keresztez, átkelHungarian
  • խաչ, խաչակնքում, հիբրիդ, խաչափայտArmenian
  • krossIcelandic
  • croce, incrocio, diagonale, irritato, arrabbiato, ostacolare, attraversare, intralciareItalian
  • 十字, 十字架, クロス, ×印を付ける, 渡る, 十字を切るJapanese
  • ჯვარიGeorgian
  • крестKazakh
  • 십자, 십자가, 건너다Korean
  • خاچ, xaç, په‌ڕاندنKurdish
  • крестKyrgyz
  • crux, transireLatin
  • ກາກະບາດLao
  • kryžiusLithuanian
  • krustsLatvian
  • распетие, крстење, крст, пресекува, крсти, преминува, преодува, вкрстува, прекрстуваMacedonian
  • കുരിശ്, വിഷമ സ്ഥിതി, കടക്കുകMalayalam
  • silang, salibMalay
  • လက်ဝါးကပ်တိုင်Burmese
  • geërgerde, kruis, geërgerd, tegenwerkende, kruisteken, tegenwerkend, doorkruisen, oversteken, kruisenDutch
  • kryss, kors, krysseNorwegian
  • ałnáʼázdzohNavajo, Navaho
  • дзуарOssetian, Ossetic
  • krzyż, znakPolish
  • oposto, atravessado, cruz, transversal, cruzado, irritado, cruzamento, sinal da cruz, cruza, persignar-se, atravessar, opor, cruzarPortuguese
  • chimpayQuechua
  • cruce, închina, cruciRomanian
  • крест, кре́стное знаме́ние, по́месь, распя́тие, противоположный, гибри́д, попepeчный, сердитый, пepeкpёcтный, пересекать, пересечь, перейти, креститься, скрестить, переходить, перекреститься, скрещиватьRussian
  • križ, krst, криж, крст, znak križaSerbo-Croatian
  • krížSlovak
  • križ, križanec, prečkati, se prekrižatiSlovene
  • kryqAlbanian
  • arg, hybrid, mellanting, krossboll, kors, plåga, blandning, ond, korsning, korsningsprodukt, korset, inlägg, kryss, korstecken, lidande, sur, kryssa, gå, vägen, korsa, förhindra, korstecknet, gäcka, göraSwedish
  • misalaba, msalaba, ishara ya misalabaSwahili
  • கடந்துTamil
  • శిలువ, సంకరము, దాటుTelugu
  • салибTajik
  • กากบาทThai
  • haçTurkmen
  • çarpı, haç, çarmıh, istavroz, çapraz, karşı, karşısında, geçmekTurkish
  • хачTatar
  • хрест, розп'яття, хресне знаменняUkrainian
  • صلیب, ناراضUrdu
  • krestUzbek
  • chữ thậpVietnamese
  • קרייַזYiddish
  • 交叉Chinese

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    relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area
    • A. blistering
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