• WordNet 3.6
    • n crossing traveling across
    • n crossing a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean)
    • n crossing (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
    • n crossing a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
    • n crossing a junction where one street or road crosses another
    • n crossing a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect
    • n crossing a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
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Additional illustrations & photos:

By Slipshoe Lane to the Red Cross Inn, Reigate By Slipshoe Lane to the Red Cross Inn, Reigate
7 Spliced for cross strain 7 Spliced for cross strain
14 Cross lap 14 Cross lap
Cross-roads and gesture sign. Mexican pictograph Cross-roads and gesture sign. Mexican pictograph
Showing a partial view of the cross vaults Showing a partial view of the cross vaults
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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you travel across the former Soviet Union you will cross seven time zones.
    • Crossing A place where anything (as a stream) is crossed; a paved walk across a street, or a set of marks across the street pavement indicating that this is a designated location for pedestrians to cross.
    • Crossing Contradiction; thwarting; obstruction. "I do not bear these crossings ."
    • Crossing Intersection, as of two paths or roads.
    • Crossing The act by which anything is crossed; as, the crossing of the ocean.
    • Crossing The act of interbreeding; a mixing of breeds.
    • Crossing The act of making the sign of the cross.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Connecticut it is illegal to pirouette while crossing the street
    • n crossing The act of passing across something: as, the crossing of the Atlantic.
    • n crossing Intersection: as, the crossing of bars in latticework.
    • n crossing The place at which a road, ravine, mountain, river, etc., is or may be crossed or passed over: as, the crossings of streets.
    • n crossing In railroads, the necessary arrangement of rails to form a communication from one track-way to the other.
    • n crossing The act of opposing or thwarting; contradiction.
    • n crossing The act of making the sign of the cross: as, with many protestations and crossings.
    • n crossing The act or process of cross-breeding or cross-fertilizing: hybridization.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is Texas law that when two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
    • Crossing the making the sign of the cross
    • Crossing act of going across: the place where a roadway, &c. may be crossed: intersection: act of thwarting: cross-breeding
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Never swap horses crossing a stream.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Don't change horses while crossing a stream.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.”


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
See Cross (v. t.)


In literature:

We sang some of the Good Friday hymns, "When I survey the wondrous Cross", and "Jesu, Lover of my Soul.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
And whoever crosses you crosses me, by God!
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Promptly Cartier planted the cross and took possession of Labrador for France.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
It was about eight o'clock in the evening when we crossed the bridge over Green river.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
Has he not presented to the church seven crosses of gold, each weighing a hundred pounds?
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
We must cross and get under cover again.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Cross scoring 47 34.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
These cross the four points of the large cross stitches, and meet in the space between, where they form another cross.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
This was the third creek he had crossed in this manner since he had left Sego.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
If I stay here long I shall be blowed up by the skipper, as sure as my name's Bob Cross.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

They brought her here—a tiny maid,
Unweeting any gain or loss,
And on her baby forehead laid
The symbol of the Cross.
"The Old Church on the Hill" by Kate Seymour Maclean
And underneath the middle Cross
A grave yawn'd wide and vast,
But the soul of Judas Iscariot
Shiver'd, and glided past.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan
She is not dead—O never
Will sorrow cross her track;
She's passed Death's darksome river,
And who would have her back?
"On The Death Of Miss Eleanora Henderson" by David John Scott
Through the cross iron of our free will
And fate, we plead for light,
As if God gave us not enough
To do our work aright.
"January" by Alice Cary
Sinne is still hammering my heart
Unto a hardnesse, void of love:
Let suppling grace, to crosse his art,
Drop from above.
"Grace" by George Herbert
His cross a sure foundation laid
For glory and renown,
When through the regions of the dead
He passed to reach the crown.
"Hymn 114" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Jeff Prince's latest article ("Cross about the Crossing," June 17, 2009) shows us that those in power who work their silver tongues aren't always going to get their way, especially when the opposition is vocal.
The Oldenburg Academy cross country teams traveled to Dayton for the Midwest Catholic Cross Country Championship.
LA CROSSE- Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill have wrapped up their visit to UW-La Crosse, just hours after the VP debate against Janesville native Paul Ryan.
( Steve Griffin The Salt Lake Tribune) Woods Cross volleyball player Chloe Hirst follows through on a spike during practice at the high school in Woods Cross, Utah Monday October 8, 2012.
The super PAC that produced the attack ad against Judge Sam Ervin IV that began airing on Friday is responding to criticism that the negative spot crossed a line that hasn't been crossed before in North Carolina judicial elections.
According to the Roots' drummer, our music scene is unique in fostering acts that cross genres the way pedestrians cross streets.
The website is a showcase for Photon 's leadership in design and technology demonstrating its cross channel and cross platform expertise.
Fiddler Scott Moore on crossing borders and crossing genres.
FlatIron Crossing opens Red Cross collection site in aftermath of Sandy.
The new pricing package for American Red Cross aquatic providers includes an annual fee for facilities, a set number of Red Cross certificates and free advertising materials.
We're all hearing the stories of the Red Cross response amid the Japanese earthquake, but did you know that right here in Kansas, the Red Cross helped nearly 100,000 people last year.
Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross , PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Bytwerk said he learned about a week ago that striking American Red Cross employees may picket the event, but he said his church supports Red Cross efforts.
Each year, the President of the United States proclaims March as Red Cross month and as a part of the national celebration, the Muskingum County Commissioners acknowledged the Muskingum Valley Red Cross .
Each year, the President of the United States proclaims March as Red Cross month and as a part of the national celebration, the Muskingum County Commissioners acknowledged the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

In science:

We denote by N C (S ) the set of non-crossing partitions of S , and N C (k) = N C ([k ]). • A chording (or a non-crossing pair partition) of S is a non-crossing partition of S in which each block contains exactly two elements.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions
Another common source of structure is an association scheme [3, 7]: for example, the triangular scheme for all unordered pairs from a set of parental types, which is appropriate in a diallel experiment with no self-crosses when the cross (i, j ) is regarded as the same as the cross (j, i).
Decomposition tables for experiments. II. Two--one randomizations
Definition 6.2 (Crossing and crossing points) We say that a forward path π ∈ Π crosses a dual path ˆπ ∈ ˆΠ from left to right at time t if there exist σπ ≤ t− < t < t+ ≤ ˆσ ˆπ such that π(t− ) < ˆπ(t− ), ˆπ(t+ ) < π(t+ ), and t = inf {s ∈ (t− , t+ ) : ˆπ(s) < π(s)} = sup{s ∈ (t− , t+ ) : π(s) < ˆπ(s)}.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
The two characterizations of H− in Theorem 4.8 (i) and (ii) are equivalent, because if γ ∈ Π crosses some π ∈ W from left to right, then by the non-crossing property of paths in W and ˆW , γ must also cross some ˆπ ∈ ˆW from left to right, and the same is true if W and ˆW are interchanged.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
Two important patterns that occur in arc annotated sequences, and thus can be defined for each of the combinatorial ob jects that these sequences represent, are nestings and crossings. A set of k arcs forms a k-nesting (respectively k-crossing ) if each of the (cid:0)k 2(cid:1) pairs of arcs nest (resp. cross).
A generating tree approach to k-nonnesting partitions and permutations