crisscrossing along the highways of Southern California is a legion of men, mostly young, mostly lost.
The great steel derricks and their crisscrossing cables cast curiously foreshortened shadows on the gleaming white expanse.
Then in a second or two it was solid—a thing like a shining cage, with crisscrossing white bars.
The fine, crisscrossing wires disappeared, and in their stead was color, every color in the spectrum.
Huge ships of weird design were crisscrossing the air above, obviously looking for something.
The boats seemed to be crisscrossing the asteroid in a definite pattern.
Something was crossing and crisscrossing inside him like two rings tossed back and forth by jugglers.
First he will run round the hill half a dozen times, crisscrossing his trail.
The big bowl of porridge had a crisscrossing of powdered cinnamon over the top.
Then the crisscrossing lights struck metal, glancing off the gleaming body of a descending object.
1818, from Middle English crist(s)-crosse "Christ's cross" (late 15c.), earlier cros-kryst (late 14c.), "referring to the mark of a cross formerly written before the alphabet in hornbooks. The mark itself stood for the phrase Christ-cross me speed ('May Christ's cross give me success'), a formula said before reciting the alphabet" [Barnhart]. Used today without awareness of origin. As an adjective, 1846; as a noun, 1848.