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Maltese cross

a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.
Origin of Maltese cross
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Roosevelt had been in the saddle all day and it was eighty miles to the Maltese cross.

  • That summer of 1885 he was night-herder for the Maltese cross "outfit."

  • Together these scars, one red, the other purple, formed a Maltese cross.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • The name is taken from the fact that the chief sprocket wheel is shaped somewhat like a Maltese cross.

  • Queensland has the simple and pleasing device we see in Fig. 128, the Maltese cross, having a crown at its centre.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • (p. 075) The next afternoon he was riding up the river to the Maltese cross when he heard hoofs behind him.

  • In buying out the Maltese cross, Roosevelt had bought only cattle and horses; not buildings or land.

  • Fisher made up his mind that he knew all he needed to know about the new owner of the Maltese cross.

  • Next day they set out on the three-hundred-mile journey home to the Maltese cross.

  • He saw a rider coming from the direction of the Maltese cross, and it seemed to him that the rider looked like Roosevelt.

British Dictionary definitions for Maltese cross

Maltese cross

a cross with triangular arms that taper towards the centre, sometimes having indented outer sides: formerly worn by the Knights of Malta
(in a film projector) a cam mechanism of this shape that produces intermittent motion
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