- 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 crisscrossing
Crisscrossing along the highways of Southern California is a legion of men, mostly young, mostly lost.This Week’s Hot Reads: February 18, 2013
February 18, 2013
The fine, crisscrossing wires disappeared, and in their stead was color, every color in the spectrum.The Affair of the Brains
Then in a second or two it was solid—a thing like a shining cage, with crisscrossing white bars.
Huge ships of weird design were crisscrossing the air above, obviously looking for something.Beyond The Thunder
H. B. Hickey
The great steel derricks and their crisscrossing cables cast curiously foreshortened shadows on the gleaming white expanse.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
Something was crossing and crisscrossing inside him like two rings tossed back and forth by jugglers.First Man
- 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 crisscrossing
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.