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.
Origin of cross
Related Words for crossspan, navigate, sail, ply, cruise, crisscross, divide, block, short, peeved, faultfinding, annoyed, vexed, bridge, overpass, voyage, zigzag, meet, ford, crosscut
Examples from the Web for cross
Contemporary Examples of cross
The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and is marked by nine stations of the cross.Oops! Jesus’ Last Steps Are in the Wrong Place
January 6, 2015
If they were meaningful, we might have realized it before—surely one of these kids wore a cross, or a yarmulke, or a hijab?Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
The reason: activist government and unionized government often work at cross purposes.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
What do you get when you cross an oil company with gay rights?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
But they refused to cross the street to help because, they told bystanders, the rules required them instead to call 911.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of cross
There was now but "one wide river to cross," and the cars rolled on to the bridge.
Then there was another stream to cross, which was also passed in safety.
The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross.
At least they ought not to have been permitted to cross the Saltketcher.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The gulf which separates parents and children is one which the parents must cross.The Conquest of Fear
- 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