- to move back and forth over: students crisscrossing the field on their way to school.
- to mark with crossing lines.
- to proceed or pass back and forth; be arranged in a crisscross pattern: The streets in that part of town crisscross confusingly.
- Also criss·crossed. having many crossing lines, paths, etc.
- a crisscross mark, pattern, etc.
- in a crisscross manner; crosswise.
- awry; askew.
Origin of crisscross
Examples from the Web for crisscross
Contemporary Examples of crisscross
The Israeli-only roads that crisscross the West Bank have come a long way since the beginning of the Second Intifada.Israeli Bypass Roads: Separate But Unequal
August 12, 2013
Next week, Brown will fly to Dallas and crisscross the country, stopping in California and Florida.Scott Brown's Dark Secret
Samuel P. Jacobs
February 17, 2011
If I travel 500 miles, I crisscross through five languages.Tarantino's Glorious Nazi
August 16, 2009
Historical Examples of crisscross
"There was a lower roof and a maze of crisscross alleys," I muttered.The Floating Island of Madness
They went on to the east, but came back to crisscross the ridge.A Yankee Flier in Italy
Rutherford G. Montgomery
The large paper pad in front of him was covered with crisscross lines.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
It'll shoot up the canyons and crisscross the forest in no time.The Young Forester
It was that new Goodyear that I was tracking, the one that's all crisscross.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
- to move or cause to move in a crosswise pattern
- to mark with or consist of a pattern of crossing lines
- (esp of a number of lines) crossing one another in different directions
- a pattern made of crossing lines
- a US term for noughts and crosses
- in a crosswise manner or pattern
Word Origin and History for crisscross
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.