What does crossing mean?

Definitions for crossing
ˈkrɔ sɪŋ, ˈkrɒs ɪŋcross·ing

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crossingnoun

    traveling across

  2. ford, crossingnoun

    a shallow area in a stream that can be forded

  3. crossingnoun

    a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect

  4. intersection, crossroad, crossway, crossing, carrefournoun

    a junction where one street or road crosses another

  5. crossing, crosswalk, crossovernoun

    a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other

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

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

  7. crossingnoun

    a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean)


  1. Crossingnoun

    A place where anything (as a stream) is crossed; a paved walk across a street, or a set of marks across the street pavement indicating that this is a designated location for pedestrians to cross.


  1. crossingnoun

    An intersection where roads, lines, or tracks cross

  2. crossingnoun

    A place at which a river, railroad, or highway may be crossed

  3. crossingnoun

    A voyage across a body of water

  4. crossingnoun

    The volume formed by the intersection of chancel, nave and transepts in a cruciform church; often with a tower or cupola over it

  5. crossingadjective

    Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction.


  1. crossing

    Crossing generally refers to the act of passing over, through, or under something. It may involve traversing a pathway, road, bridge, or intersection, or could refer to an intersection of roads or paths. Additionally, in a biological context, crossing can refer to the process of breeding or hybridization between different species or plant varieties. The term's meaning can vary significantly based on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crossing

    of Cross

  2. Crossingverb

    the act by which anything is crossed; as, the crossing of the ocean

  3. Crossingverb

    the act of making the sign of the cross

  4. Crossingverb

    the act of interbreeding; a mixing of breeds

  5. Crossingverb

    intersection, as of two paths or roads

  6. Crossingverb

    a place where anything (as a stream) is crossed; a paved walk across a street

  7. Crossingverb

    contradiction; thwarting; obstruction

  8. Etymology: [See Cross, v. t. ]


  1. Crossing

    A crossing, in ecclesiastical architecture, is the junction of the four arms of a cruciform church. In a typically oriented church, the crossing gives access to the nave on the west, the transept arms on the north and south, and the choir on the east. The crossing is sometimes surmounted by a tower or dome. A large crossing tower is particularly common on English Gothic cathedrals. With the Renaissance, building a dome above the crossing became popular. Because the crossing is open on four sides, the weight of the tower or dome rests heavily on the corners; a stable construction thus required great skill on the part of the builders. In centuries past, it was not uncommon for overly ambitious crossing towers to collapse. Sacrist Alan of Walsingham's octagon, built between 1322 and 1328 after the collapse of Ely's nave crossing on 22 February 1322, is the "... greatest individual achievement of architectural genius at Ely Cathedral" according to architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner. A tower may be called a lantern tower if it has openings through which light from outside can shine down to the crossing. In Early Medieval churches, the crossing square was often used as a module, or a unit of measurement. The nave and transept would have lengths that were a certain multiple of the length of the crossing square. This was to ensure that the church was properly proportioned.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crossing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4664

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crossing' in Nouns Frequency: #2672

How to pronounce crossing?

How to say crossing in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crossing in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crossing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of crossing in a Sentence

  1. Robert Francis Kennedy:

    Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

  2. Rick Pitino:

    When you build bridges you can keep crossing them.

  3. Wayne Gretzky:

    I don't like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don't like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it's essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.

  4. Robert Fulghum:

    The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.

  5. Christian Tom:

    Animal Crossing : New Horizon is a dynamic, diverse, and powerful platform that brings communities together from across the world, animal Crossing : New Horizon is an exciting new opportunity for our campaign to engage and connect Joe Biden supporters as they build and decorate their islands.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for crossing

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • العبورArabic
  • пресичане, пресечкаBulgarian
  • přechod, kříženíCzech
  • overfartDanish
  • KreuzungGerman
  • διάβασηGreek
  • vado, cruce, cruce peatonalSpanish
  • عبورPersian
  • ylitys, ylittäminen, ylikulkupaikka, risteysFinnish
  • traversée, croisement, carrefourFrench
  • trasbhealach, crosaire, trasrianIrish
  • चौराहाHindi
  • kereszteződés, átkelés, négyezet, átkelőhelyHungarian
  • persimpanganIndonesian
  • attraversamento, incrocio, traversataItalian
  • מעברHebrew
  • 踏切, 交差点Japanese
  • ದಾಟುವುದುKannada
  • 횡단Korean
  • transiebatLatin
  • kruispunt, oversteek, kruisingDutch
  • kryssing, kryssNorwegian
  • przejście, skrzyżowaniePolish
  • cruzandoPortuguese
  • trecereRomanian
  • перекрёсток, скрещивание, пересечение, переезд, переправаRussian
  • övergångsställe, korsningSwedish
  • கடக்கும்Tamil
  • క్రాసింగ్Telugu
  • ที่ข้ามThai
  • geçitTurkish
  • перехрещування, перетинання, перехрестя, схрещення, роздоріжжя, перетин, переїзд, переправа, перехрещення, хрест, перехідUkrainian
  • کراسنگUrdu
  • băng quaVietnamese
  • אַריבערYiddish
  • 路口Chinese

Get even more translations for crossing »


Find a translation for the crossing definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"crossing." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 1 Dec. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/crossing>.

Discuss these crossing definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for crossing? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    • A. elate
    • B. abide
    • C. denudate
    • D. abash

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for crossing: