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[kraws-wahyz, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌwaɪz, ˈkrɒs-/
across; transversely.
Archaic. in the form of a cross.
forming a cross; transverse.
Also, crossways.
Origin of crosswise
1350-1400; Middle English a cross wise in the form of a cross. See a-1, cross, wise2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They go lengthwise and crosswise through every street but the High.

    Eric Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
  • The berths are crosswise rather than lengthwise as in our sleepers.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • The fates were playing, and in this case for once in the world's history their play was crosswise.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • He also cuts off one of the forelegs of each, and puts it crosswise in the mouth.

  • The flesh was then stripped off, and the skull cut in two crosswise.

  • He jumped from his machine and laid it crosswise of the narrow road.

    Dreamy Hollow

    Sumner Charles Britton
  • Tear one length, lengthwise; be careful not to tear it crosswise of the material.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Pare cucumbers, cut into halves lengthwise, crosswise also if long.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Lay them on a platter, crosswise, and place six poached eggs on top.

  • And why were they all crosswise with each other, like jackstraws?

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for crosswise


adjective, adverb
across; transversely
in the shape of a cross
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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