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crisscross

[kris-kraws, -kros] /ˈkrɪsˌkrɔs, -ˌkrɒs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to move back and forth over:
students crisscrossing the field on their way to school.
2.
to mark with crossing lines.
verb (used without object)
3.
to proceed or pass back and forth; be arranged in a crisscross pattern:
The streets in that part of town crisscross confusingly.
adjective
4.
Also, crisscrossed. having many crossing lines, paths, etc.
noun
5.
a crisscross mark, pattern, etc.
adverb
7.
in a crisscross manner; crosswise.
8.
awry; askew.
Origin of crisscross
1810-1820
1810-20; variant of christcross
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  • The great steel derricks and their crisscrossing cables cast curiously foreshortened shadows on the gleaming white expanse.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • 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.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • Huge ships of weird design were crisscrossing the air above, obviously looking for something.

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
  • The boats seemed to be crisscrossing the asteroid in a definite pattern.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Something was crossing and crisscrossing inside him like two rings tossed back and forth by jugglers.

    First Man Clyde Brown
  • First he will run round the hill half a dozen times, crisscrossing his trail.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • The big bowl of porridge had a crisscrossing of powdered cinnamon over the top.

    Our Little Swedish Cousin Claire M. Coburn
  • Then the crisscrossing lights struck metal, glancing off the gleaming body of a descending object.

British Dictionary definitions for crisscrossing

crisscross

/ˈkrɪsˌkrɒs/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move in a crosswise pattern
2.
to mark with or consist of a pattern of crossing lines
adjective
3.
(esp of a number of lines) crossing one another in different directions
noun
4.
a pattern made of crossing lines
5.
a US term for noughts and crosses
adverb
6.
in a crosswise manner or pattern
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Word Origin and History for crisscrossing

crisscross

v.

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.

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