verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adjective, cross·er, cross·est.
- Biology.(of a chromosome segment) to undergo crossing over.
- to switch allegiance, as from one political party to another.
- to change successfully from one field of endeavor, genre, etc., to another: to cross over from jazz to rock.
- to die; pass away.
- to change arrangements made with; deceive: He crossed me up after we had agreed to tell the police the same story.
- to confuse: I was supposed to meet him at the station, but got crossed up.
- crosby, bing,
- cross a bridge when one comes to it,
- cross as a bear,
- cross assembler,
- cross bedding,
- cross bridging
Origin of cross
Examples from the Web for cross
The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and is marked by nine stations of the cross.
If they were meaningful, we might have realized it before—surely one of these kids wore a cross, or a yarmulke, or a hijab?
The reason: activist government and unionized government often work at cross purposes.
But they refused to cross the street to help because, they told bystanders, the rules required them instead to call 911.
The women had both tried to cross into Lebanon two weeks earlier on forged papers.
The Cross has broken all the chains which once bound him to earth.Elijah the Tishbite|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
They may be gathering to cross the river and storm the fort.'Beyond the Black River|Robert E. Howard
If he had the misfortune to cross their path, it brought him a world of woe, and finally his downfall.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Mr. Brandon raised his hand, and a ball of bunting at the topmast fluttered out into the Cross of St. George.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times|Charles Carleton Coffin
“I rather think this one with cross bars is pretty,” she decided seriously.Ethel Morton at Sweetbrier Lodge|Mabell S. C. Smith
- the process of crossing; hybridization
- an individual produced as a result of this process
- to meet and passthe two trains crossed
- (of each of two letters in the post) to be dispatched before receipt of the other
- to trace the form of the Cross, usually with the thumb or index finger upon (someone or something) in token of blessing
- to make the sign of the Cross upon (oneself)
Word Origin for cross
noun the Cross
Word Origin for cross-
Old English cros (mid-10c.), from Old Irish cros, probably via Scandinavian, from Latin crux (accusative crucem, genitive crucis) "stake, cross" on which criminals were impaled or hanged, hence, figuratively, "torture, trouble, misery;" originally a tall, round pole; possibly of Phoenician origin. Replaced Old English rood. Also from Latin crux are Italian croce, French croix, Spanish and Portuguese cruz, Dutch kruis, German Kreuz.
"ill-tempered," 1630s, probably from 16c. sense of "contrary, athwart," especially with reference to winds and sailing ships, from cross (n.). Cross-purposes "contradictory intentions" is from 1660s.
c.1200, "make the sign of a cross," from cross (n.). Sense of "to go across" is from c.1400; that of "to cancel by drawing lines over" is from mid-15c. Related: Crossed; crossing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cross
- cross a bridge when one comes to it
- cross as a bear
- cross my heart and hope to die
- cross one's fingers
- cross one's mind
- cross over
- cross someone's palm with silver
- cross someone's path
- cross swords
- cross the Rubicon
- cross to bear
- cross up
- at cross purposes
- at the crossroads
- caught in the middle (cross-fire)
- dot one's i's and cross one's t's
- double cross
- get one's wires crossed