Iron-cross meaning

A cross formed by two bars of equal length, crossing in the middle at right angles and expanding toward the ends, used especially as a symbol for the Prussian and German military.
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(gymnastics) A position on the rings where the gymnast holds the rings straight out on either side of the body.
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(sports, moguls freestyle skiing) An acrobatic maneuver where the skier remains upright, but the lower leg bends back at the knee 90 degrees, and the ankles twist 45 degrees, so that the back of the skis form a right-angle cross.
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(military) (formerly) The second highest military decoration of Germany, under the military order of the Pour le Mérite.
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