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[kraws-hach, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌhætʃ, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object)
to mark or shade with two or more intersecting series of parallel lines.
a pattern or mark made with such lines.
Origin of crosshatch
First recorded in 1815-25; cross- + hatch3
Related forms
crosshatching, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • No scrawling or scratching, or cross-hatching, or 'free' work of any sort.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • It may be known to be a sectional view by the cross-hatching or section lines.

  • All the cross-hatching was done with the triangle of 60 degrees and that of 90 degrees.

  • Turner, the Rev. William, his opinion of cross-hatching, 562.

  • There is a maximum of outline-work, a minimum of shading and no cross-hatching.

    Early Illustrated Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • His sister executed an elaborate bit of cross-hatching on some waste paper.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • In the school of Basire much of the work was accomplished by a laborious and indiscriminate process of cross-hatching.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
  • No etcher had got such fullness of colour without a mass of cross-hatching that takes away from the freshness.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Section shading or cross-hatching may sometimes cause the lines of the drawing to appear crooked to the eye.

  • The lines in sectional shading or cross-hatching may be made to denote the material of which the piece is to be composed.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-hatching


(drawing) to shade or hatch (forms, figures, etc) with two or more sets of parallel lines that cross one another
Derived Forms
crosshatching, noun
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