- being in the shape of a cross; cross-shaped.
- a cross.
Origin of cruciform
1655–65; < Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -form
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Examples from the Web for cruciform
Many were cruciform, and consisted of nave, transepts, and chancel.English Villages
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The church is cruciform, and its spire the landmark for the surrounding country.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
It is a cruciform building, and a steeple rises from the centre.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts
The ground-floor contained a cruciform passage and six divisions.Up in the Clouds
The church of All Saints is cruciform, with central tower and spire.
- shaped like a cross
- a geometric curve, shaped like a cross, that has four similar branches asymptotic to two mutually perpendicular pairs of lines. Equation: x ² y ² – a ² x ² – a ² y ² = 0, where x = y = ± a are the four lines
C17: from Latin crux cross + -form
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Word Origin and History for cruciform
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