• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Criss-cross kris′-kros a mark formed by two lines in the form of a cross, as the signature of a person unable to write his name: a child's game played on a slate, the lines being drawn in the form of a cross
    • v.i Criss-cross to intersect frequently
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In literature:

Her cheeks were all criss-crossed with little wrinkles, which made her look as if she were always smiling.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
The adipose tissue, which is abundant and yellowish white, consists of a lace of wide, irregular, criss-cross meshes.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
His eyes were wet and he could not see the map; it was all a blur of meaningless criss-cross lines.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Now the park is criss-crossed with brand new yellow roads.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
Definite outlines frame themselves out of the swirling criss-cross of strife, intrigue and ambition.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
His face was criss-crossed with tiny wrinkles.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He looked up at her, and the light from outside etched the thousand tiny criss-crossed wrinkles around his eyes.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Vivid lights crossed and criss-crossed the atomic heavens.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Huge hemlocks lay criss-crossed on the slope.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
The tiny company, beating their path with criss-crossing shafts of white, forged ahead.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
The bank is steep here, flanked by a swamp of huge spruce trees criss-crossed by the log-jam of centuries.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
But the fireflies in the gay spring twilight kept darting and criss-crossing and frolicking up the walk.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Keen blue eyes stared questioningly at him from a mahogany brown face, criss-crossed with a thousand tiny wrinkles.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
We call this criss-cross inheritance.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
A shower of arrows flew toward us, but were deflected by the criss-cross of the willows.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Criss cross over the fields, taking ditches, helter skelter as it were, right through the dense snow.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
The blue sea was criss-crossed with wakes.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
I never did see so much criss cross work as we've bin doin' for the last few days.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
The next morning Harriet sat in Alexina's room putting criss-cross initials on a pile of unmarked little garments.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
A meandering little brook criss-crossed the gravel path under Lee's feet.
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade

In poetry:

Blue and pink sashes,
Criss-cross shoes,
Minna and Stella run out into the garden
To play at hoop.
"A Roxbury Garden" by Amy Lowell
Red berries droop below each pointed ear;
Her nut-brown legs are criss-crossed white with scratches;
Her merry laughter sifts among the pines;
Her eager face gleams pale from milk-weed patches.
"Miss Pixie" by Lloyd Roberts
No wind fanned the flats of the ocean,
Or promontory sides,
Or the ooze by the strand,
Or the bent-bearded slope of the land,
Whose base took its rest amid everlong motion
Of criss-crossing tides.
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy
How Many Tears
Criss-cross your cheeks and run across your face!
Don't try to speak when worry makes you weep,
Nor play the flute when it will bring your tears,
Or surely then your heart will break.
"How Many Tears" by Li Yu
Chorus: It's ah! for, etc.
I take the Old Man Plain, criss-cross it all again,
Until my eyes the track no longer see;
My beer and brandy brain seeks balmy sleep in vain,
I feel as if I had the Darling Pea.
"Across the Western Plains I Must Wander" by Anonymous Oceania
So I reckon that the farmers can proceed to get their crops,
Yes, and chuckle while the bullet raps their trouser seat and stops;
And the hissing double-B shot as they criss-cross over Maine
Will excite no more attention than the patter of the rain.
"A Hail to the Hunter" by Holman Francis Day

In news:

Kinser captures ' criss cross'.
Carol Kinser won the Sept 6 days play of " criss cross" with a score of 25.
New Jersey's best pies: The Munchmobile criss -crosses the state in search of sweet perfection.
At one time, stage coaches criss -crossed county.
The Wide-Legged Criss -Cross exercise works your rectus abdominis, obliques, transversus abdominis, and inner thighs.
Watch Wide-Legged Criss -Cross in the Fitness Magazine Video.
0With Election Day just six days away, candidates continue to criss-cross the Heartland.
0Colorado Sen Mark Udall is criss-crossing southern Colorado this week in order to shine the spotlight on job creation in the region.
Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch Que Viva Coltrane Criss Cross Jazz.
At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains.
There are many different ideas for recycling your horse show ribbons , but one popular choice is to weave the streamers into a criss-crossed quilt pattern.
Like the subject of the title of the Charlap album, there's something impressive but in a somewhat chill tone about much of the playing on both these Criss Cross releases.
Walt Weiskopf Septet Sleepless Nights Criss Cross Jazz.
Criss crossed, cinched elastic connects the vest's panels so it will fit over a T-shirt or a bulky jacket.
Even before I first set foot upon the island of Manhattan, at the tender age of 20, I was well-schooled in its particulars, its criss-cross arterial pulse and narrow verticality, its characters and occupations, its place in the American plan.

In science:

In the F-phase, the landscape exhibits many criss-crossing shallow ridges which directs particles here and there, ending up in a large scale topography akin to a delta.
Space-time approach to microstructure selection in solid-solid transitions
One of Turing’s main achievements was to come up with mathematical descriptions — differential equations — governing such phenomena as Fibonacci phyllotaxis: the surprising showing of Fibonacci progressions in such things as the criss-crossing spirals of a sunflower head.
Definability in the Real Universe
Eventually several shocks may be found criss-crossing the remnant, leading to a highly complicated interior structure, with more than one hydrodynamically unstable region possible (Dwarkadas 2000). A rise in X-ray emission accompanies each shock-shell collision.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
The time it takes (with many criss-crossing) for the information to return to the original condition is the Poincare recurrence time.
Correlation Dynamics of Quantum Fields and Black Hole Information Paradox
Optical micrographs of acicular martensites reveal that the jammed plates lie along habit planes that criss-cross and partition the surrounding fcc (parent) matrix.
Arrested States of Solids
The elements, which do not satisfy to theorem 4 conditions, are marked by the circles. On the initial graph the corresponding edges are marked by the criss-crosses.
On the solution of the Graph Isomorphism Problem Part 1