Cross Definition

krôs, krŏs
crossed, crosses, crossing, crosser, crossest
noun
An upright post with a bar across it near the top, to which the ancient Romans fastened convicted persons to die.
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A representation or figure of a cross, used as a badge, decoration, etc.; also, such a badge, decoration, etc.
The Distinguished Service Cross.
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A representation of a cross, in any of various recognized forms, as a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus, hence of the Christian religion.
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Any of various modifications of the cross design, such as a Latin cross or Maltese cross.
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A monument in the form of a cross, or with a cross on it, marking a crossroad, boundary, grave, etc.
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verb
crossed, crosses, crossing
To pass over; go from one side to the other of; go across.
To cross the ocean.
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To lie or cut across; intersect.
Where two streets cross one another.
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To carry or lead across.
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To propel (a ball or puck) as a cross, as in soccer.
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To make the sign of the cross over or upon.
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adjective
crosser, crossest
Lying or passing across or through; transverse; crossing or crossed.
Cross street, cross ventilation.
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Going counter; contrary; opposed.
At cross purposes.
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Showing ill humor; annoyed.
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Irritated or irritable; ill-tempered.
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Involving reciprocal actions, etc.
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adverb
Crosswise.
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preposition
Across.
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affix
Cross (in various senses) or across.
Crossbow, crossbreed, crosswise.
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pronoun

A topographic surname​ for someone who lived near a stone cross on a road.

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prefix

Indicating an exchange or switch.

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Indicating a direction (across).
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Indicating applicability to several domains that are usually separate (as in crossclass, crosslinguistic, cross-platform).
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idiom
cross (one's) mind
  • To come to know; realize:

    It crossed my mind that you might want to leave early.

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cross (one's) t's
  • To be thorough or painstaking in attending to details.
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cross (someone's) palm
  • To pay, tip, or bribe.
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cross swords
  • To quarrel or fight.
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cross off
  • to cancel by or as by drawing lines across
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Other Word Forms of Cross

Noun

Singular:
cross
Plural:
crosses

Adjective

Base Form:
cross
Comparative:
crosser
Superlative:
crossest

Origin of Cross

  • Middle English cros from Old English probably from Old Norse kross from Old Irish cros from Latin crux

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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