• WordNet 3.6
    • n crosse a long racket with a triangular frame; used in playing lacrosse
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Additional illustrations & photos:

7 Spliced for cross strain 7 Spliced for cross strain
14 Cross lap 14 Cross lap
Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes
The Golden Cross The Golden Cross
Descent from the Cross Descent from the Cross
Crossed Running Noose Crossed Running Noose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Butts invented the game SCRABBLE. The game was originally called "Criss Cross Words."
    • n Crosse The implement with which the ball is thrown and caught in the game of lacrosse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest toll paid by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 U.S. funds
    • n crosse The implement used in the game of lacrosse. It consists of a wooden shank about 5 feet long, with a shallow net-like arrangement of catgut at the extremity, on which the ball is caught and carried off by the player, or tossed either to one of his own side or toward the goal. Often called a lacrosse-stick. See lacrosse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1876, Maria Spelterina was the first woman to ever cross Niagara Falls on a high wire
    • n Crosse kros the implement used in lacrosse.
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  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Never swap horses crossing a stream.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Don't change horses while crossing a stream.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Many commit the same crime with a different destiny; one bears a cross as the price of his villainy, another wears a crown.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Send danger from the east unto the west, so honor cross it from the north to south.”
  • Stonewall Jackson
    Stonewall Jackson
    “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Like two doomed ships that pass in storm we had crossed each other's way: but we made no sign, we said no word, we had no word to say.”


At cross purposes - When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
Cross my heart and hope to die - People say this to show how sincere their promise is.
Cross swords - When people cross swords, they argue or dispute. This expression is used when some groups accuse each other for non-adherence to norms. Actually no sword is used but the tempo of the argument is high enough to cause worsening of the already bad situation. It is a tussle (vehement struggle without use of arms) between the parties to establish supremacy.
Cross that bridge when you come to it - If you will cross that bridge when you come to it, you will deal with a problem when it arises, but not until that point
Cross to bear - If someone has a cross to bear, they have a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem that they alone must cope with.
Crossing the Rubicon - When you are crossing the Rubicon, you are passing a point of no return. After you do this thing, there is no way of turning around. The only way left is forward.
Dot all the i's and cross all the t's - If you dot all the i's and cross all the t's, you do something very carefully and thoroughly.
Get your wires crossed - If people get their wires cross, they misunderstand each other, especially when making arrangements. ('Get your lines crossed' is also used.)
I'll cross that road when I come to it - I'll think about something just when it happens, not in advance.
Keep your fingers crossed - If you are keeping your fingers crossed, you are hoping for a positive outcome.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., crosier, hooked stick


In literature:

He died upon the cross to atone for the sins of all men.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Left subclavian artery crossed by left vagus nerve.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
And then stand in the jammed and elbowing cross-town car.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Having crossed the mountains, the fur countries extend westward to the Pacific.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Some three miles from the camp the main canal crossed a deep coulee.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
That Scarlet Cross, for instance.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
At that moment the moonlight returned, and the bleared shaft that had once crossed the floor now crossed the bed.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
He was to be after His death on the cross and after resurrection, the merciful and faithful High Priest.
"The Work Of Christ" by A. C. Gaebelein
The heat was extreme, and great salt-plains, where no watercourses exist, had to be crossed.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Formations for crossing this zone with the minimum loss are considered in paragraphs 249 to 257, inclusive.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

A line for young love crossed,
A line for fair hopes lost
In an untimely frost—
A line that means Thou Wast.
"The Poet Care" by Victor James Daley
Gloomy, gloomy was the night,
And eerie was the way,
As fair Jenny in her green mantle
To Miles Cross she did gae.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
His Cross dispels each doubt:
I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear,
Each lingering shade of gloom.
"Not What These Hands Have Done" by Horatius Bonar
Gloomy, gloomy was the night,
And eerie was the way,
As fair Jenny in her green mantle
To Miles Cross she did gae.
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
The homage that we render Thee
Is still our Father's own;
No jealous claim or rivalry
Divides the Cross and Throne.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ye see the curse which overbroods
A world of pain and loss;
I hear our Lord's beatitudes
And prayer upon the cross.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

John Godzieba of Middletown portrays Gen George Washington during this 2010 re-enactment of Washington's Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing Historic Park MATT STANLEY / Staff photographer.
Managing Editor A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but wont cross the street to vote in a national election.
LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)- La Crosse police have a new set of squad cars out on the streets and they are making quite the stir…literally.
O n July 7, the Environmental Protection Agency adopted strict new standards on power-plant emissions that cross state lines — the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
LOGAN — State wildlife officials say two new crossing structures have safely allowed 300 deer to cross under busy northern Utah roads.
The EPA estimates that provision, known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, targets pollution that crosses state borders.
Rico Galassi of Holy Cross and Summer Hill from Honesdale each turned in impressive performances to win cross country invitational races.
She crosses her legs, you cross your legs.
Benedict's Mayson Morrissett crosses the finish line taking first place in the girls varsity with a time of 19:03 at the Frank Horton High School Cross Country Invitational held at Shelby Farms on Saturday.
Way of the Cross / Stations of the Cross.
The annual Way of the Cross / Stations of the Cross, sponsored by Bedford County Ministerial Association, is held each Good Friday.
SPRINGFIELD, MO – The South Dakota cross country teams both recorded top-15 finishes at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships at the Missouri State University Cross Country Course.
The Manchester Essex boys cross country team got its first taste of what it's like to race against the state's best at Saturday's All State Cross Country Meet at Northfield Mountain.
Gwinnett's long-running success in high school cross country has trickled into the college level in recent years, and it will be evident again in today's NCAA Cross Championships at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Federal investigators say the warning signals at a railroad crossing in West Texas were activated before a parade float crossed the tracks in an accident that killed military veterans.

In science:

These correspond to the braiding versions of the virtual detour move of type three that involves two virtual crossings and one real crossing.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
Cross-talk effects have been observed by studying samples of events that do not cross the radiator.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
We call a morphism f : Y → X from a nonsingular variety Y to a normal variety X a resolution of singularities of the pair (X, D) if the exceptional locus of f is a divisor with simple normal crossings, which is additionally simple normal crossing with the proper preimage of D.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
Because of the normal crossing conditions on Z and S upp(E ), the divisor S upp( ˆE ) has simple normal crossings.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
Lowering T from the white region into the horizontally cross-hatched region results in two different types of transitions depending on whether one crosses the AT or the x = 1 line.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach