What does cross mean?

Definitions for cross
krɔs, krɒscross

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    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.

  2. crossnoun

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

    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.

  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.

    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.

  4. crossnoun

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

    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.

  5. crossnoun

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

    She made the cross after swearing.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  7. crossnoun

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

    It's a cross I must bear.

    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.

  8. crossnoun

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

    A quick cross of the road.

    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.

  9. crossnoun

    Animal or plant produced by crossbreeding or cross-fertilization.

    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.

  10. crossverb

    To mark with an X.

    Cross the box which applies to you.

    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.

  11. crossverb

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

    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.

  12. crossverb

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

    Ships crossing from starboard have right-of-way.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  14. crossverb

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

    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.

  15. crossverb

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

    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.

  16. crossverb

    to cross-fertilize or crossbreed.

    They managed to cross a sheep with a goat.

    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.

  17. crossverb

    to conduct a cross examination; to question a hostile witness

    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.

  18. crossverb

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

    He crossed the ball into the penalty area.

    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.

  19. crossnoun

    a hook thrown over the opponent's punch

    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.

  20. crossnoun

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

    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.

  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).

    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.

  22. crossnoun

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

    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.

  23. crossnoun

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

    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.

  24. crossverb

    To score a try.

    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.

  25. crossadjective

    Transverse; lying across the main direction.

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

    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.

  26. crossadjective

    Opposite, opposed to.

    His actions were perversely cross to his own happiness.

    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.

  27. crossadjective

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

    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.

  28. crossadjective

    Bad-tempered, angry, annoyed.

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

    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.

  29. crosspreposition

    across

    She walked cross the mountains.

    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.

  30. Crossnoun

    for someone who lived near a stone cross on a road

    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.

Wikipedia

  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.

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  3. Crossnoun

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  7. Crossnoun

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

    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.]

  8. Crossnoun

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

    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.]

  9. Crossnoun

    church lands

    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.]

  10. Crossnoun

    a line drawn across or through another line

    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.]

  11. Crossnoun

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

    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.]

  12. Crossnoun

    an instrument for laying of offsets perpendicular to the main course

    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.]

  13. Crossnoun

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

    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.]

  14. Crossadjective

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

    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.]

  15. Crossadjective

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

    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.]

  16. Crossadjective

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  18. Cross

    athwart; across

    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.]

  19. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  20. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  21. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  22. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  23. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  24. Crossverb

    to interfere and cut off; to debar

    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.]

  25. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  27. Crossverb

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

    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.]

  28. Crossverb

    to lie or be athwart

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  30. Crossverb

    to be inconsistent

    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.]

  31. Crossverb

    to interbreed, as races; to mix distinct breeds

    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.]

Freebase

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

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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

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Numerology

  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. Harry Litman:

    The complication of the past 24 hours with the Paul Manafort plea agreement having imploded almost sets the table with a circumstantial case of obstruction, any pardon now would look like a reward to Paul Manafort for an extraordinary kind of double-cross of the prosecutor here both promising to be truthful and not being so, then funneling information to Donald Trump -- which I can not tell you how extraordinary it is.

  2. Michael Scott:

    Leading up to the Easter holiday and being about the message of the cross we’re going to see a little kick in the coming weeks as we head towards Palm Sunday.

  3. Jose Maria Garcia:

    Since yesterday, some began to cross into the United States to turn themselves in from Tijuana and request asylum. We understand more of (the migrants) will do the same.

  4. Kristen Knutson:

    It's a cross-sectional study, so we can't say anything about cause and effect or what came first, the mood disorder or the circadian disruption, and it's likely they affect each other in a circular fashion.

  5. Sabri Dikman:

    The message is simple, don't do it. The desert is vast and it's treacherous, when you cross illegally you put your life in incredible peril. I'm telling you this not only as a Border Patrol agent, but as one who spent his entire 23-year career in Arizona. I speak from experience.

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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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