What does crossing mean?

Definitions for crossing
ˈkrɔ sɪŋ, ˈkrɒs ɪŋcross·ing

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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.

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

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  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. George Gavalla:

    It doesn't really tell you which vehicle is going to clear and which won't. It doesn't prohibit any vehicles from going over, it just says, 'Be careful; there's a hump crossing.'.

  2. Antumi Toasijé:

    By surrounding themselves with what they see as some kind of respectability, they try to legitimize clearly racist speech while not crossing certain legal lines.

  3. Wendy Barclay:

    If we could prevent influenza virus crossing from wild birds into chickens, we would stop the next pandemic at source.

  4. Passenger Emilie Wyrick:

    We'll move for a few hundred yards, then we stop. It's going to be like this for hours, they have to manually switch every signal we come across to ensure the train and any cars that may be crossing are all safe.

  5. Shelley Moore Capito:

    (W)e need to ensure our national drug policy reflects the increase of drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, we also need to equip our drug and law enforcement officers with the resources they need to fight back against this epidemic.

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  • 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

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    a confused multitude of things
    • A. snap
    • B. muddle
    • C. nitrile
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