Greek cross

Definitions

  • Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes
    Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Greek cross a cross with each of the four arms the same length
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: High-wire acts have been enjoyed since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Antique medals have been excavated from Greek islands depicting men ascending inclined cords and walking across ropes stretched between cliffs. The Greeks called these high-wire performers neurobates or oribates. In the Roman city of Herculaneum there is a fresco representing an aerialist high on a rope, dancing and playing a flute. Sometimes Roman tightrope walkers stretched cables between the tops of two neighboring hills and performed comic dances and pantomimes while crossing.
    • Greek cross See Illust. (10) Of Cross.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Greek cross an upright cross with limbs of equal length—the well-known Cross of St George (red on a white ground)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. crois (Fr. croix)—L. cruc-em, orig. an upright post to which latterly a cross-piece was added.

Usage

In literature:

It is built in the form of a Greek cross, the outer corridors are a hundred feet.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
The Greek Christians at one time placed it, instead of the cross, at the beginning of inscriptions.
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
The Greeks cross the Zab.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
In addition to his basilica at Hexham, Wilfrid had built another church there in the shape of a Greek cross.
"The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church" by A. Hamilton Thompson
It is true that, among many Hindus to-day, as among the Greeks and Jews of old, the cross of Christ is an offence and a stumbling-block.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Before he crossed Garden Greek, a neighbor, whom he met on the trail, told him of the raid.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
The Greek Christians kept him in remembrance by adopting the letter X as the sign of the cross.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The Greek cross appears in various forms.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
One of the two Greek colonels was very slightly cross-eyed.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The Greek cross the clergy considered as unsuitable for a cathedral.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
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In poetry:

And had he lived a little longer,
He would have risen greater, stronger;
King of the Greeks, he had been then
Agamemnon, King of men.
Yet not the best of warriors he
Who crossed towards Troy the Ægean sea.
"Byron" by William Bell Scott

In news:

A Greek soldier was wounded in an exchange of fire Thursday evening with Albanian forces who had crossed the border into Greece, a Greek Army statement said today.
A years worth of planning goes into the Greek Food festival at Holy Trinity- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham.
HARPERSVILLE – More than 250 parishioners of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral traveled to Harpersville for a dedication service of a new addition to Camp Vakakes Sept 9.
A man in silhouette crosses the Ledra Palace checkpoint leading to the Greek Cypriot area by the UN buffer zone (Green line) that divides Nicosia, Cyprus.
The Ladies Hellenic Church Guild and the women of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church are already taking orders for their Easter Bake Sale, from 9 am to "sold out" April 7 at the church, 3804 Seymour Road.
In one part of the play the narrator said that a woman named Veronica (or in the Greek, Bernice) wiped Jesus' brow with a cloth when he was carrying the cross.
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