- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM crosscross·a·ble, adjectivecross·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·cross, verbun·cross·a·ble, adjective
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What does cross- mean?
Cross– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning variously “transverse; going across something” or “cross,” as in a figure or object resembling a cross, a structure or mark comprising two intersecting lines. It is often used in a variety of everyday and technical terms.
Examples of cross-
One example of a word that features the form cross– is crossfire, “lines of gunfire from two or more positions or combatants crossing one another.”
The cross– part of the word here means “transverse” or “going across.” The element –fire means “the discharge of firearms,” from Old English fȳr. Crossfire literally means “the transverse discharge of firearms.”
What are some words that use the combining form cross-?
What are some other forms that cross– may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters cross-, such as crossette or crossandra, is necessarily using the combining form cross– to denote “transverse.” Learn what the architectural term crossette means at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of the combining form cross-, what does crossroad literally mean?
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What is a basic definition of cross?
Cross as a verb means to begin at one side of something and finish at the opposite side. As an adjective, cross means angry and irritated. As a noun, cross refers to a structure that resembles a lowercase t or any object that has this shape. Cross has a huge number of other senses as a noun, verb, and adjective.
When an object or living thing crosses something else, it physically moves from one side to the other, passes from one side to the other, or extends from one side to the other.
- Real-life examples: A chicken crosses (walks across) a road. An airplane crosses (passes over) the Atlantic Ocean. A bridge crosses (extends over) a raging river.
- Used in a sentence: She slowly crossed the rickety bridge.
As an adjective, cross is used to describe a person who is angry, annoyed, or generally in a bad mood. This sense is often written as “be cross with.”
- Real-life examples: Teachers get cross when students don’t do their homework. A person waiting in line for hours will most likely become cross. Service people are told not to be cross with rude customers and maintain a sense of calm.
- Used in a sentence: She was very cross with her brother after he forgot her birthday.
The noun sense of cross refers to an object made from a horizontal piece and a vertical piece to form a structure that resembles a lowercase t. This object has a huge historical and religious significance, especially among Christians.
A wooden cross was used by the ancient Romans in order to perform a crucifixion, a horrible execution method in which a person was bound or nailed to a cross until they died. Jesus Christ, an extremely important person in Christianity, was famously executed by the Romans by being nailed to a cross.
The cross or “the Cross” (meaning the specific one Jesus died on) is a holy symbol to Christians and a cross shape is often used as the symbol of Christianity. Many Christians have crosses in their homes or on their vehicles or wear one on a necklace.
- Real-life examples: Most Christian bibles have a cross on the cover. Most Christian churches have a cross (or many crosses) on or inside the building. Many Christian works of art depict crosses or the crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross.
- Used in a sentence: The priest’s cane had a cross painted on it.
Where does cross come from?
The first records of cross come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin word crux.
In Latin, crux referred specifically to the cross or wooden stake that was used to torture or execute someone. The modern English word crux can refer to a cross but also has figurative meanings.
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How is cross used in real life?
Cross is an extremely common word. It often means to move across something, but the many Christian senses of cross are also quite common.
Helped a man with impaired vision cross the street when I noticed the audio from the lights was broken. He was very nice and bought me a coffee. I'd say that's a pretty good start to my day
— big shy (@Isca_SK) November 28, 2020
Mike is getting cross with me because he is watching Game of Thrones and I keep shouting DED randomly because everyone seems to be murdered.
— Carrie Dunn (@carriesparkle) January 2, 2013
Christ isn’t a symbol. He’s eternal. You don’t need to wear a cross to show you walk with him. Your words and presence should glow from him.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) March 11, 2018
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Is cross used correctly in the following sentence?
The zebras stayed on the near side of the riverbank because the crocodiles made the river too dangerous to cross.
How to use cross in a sentence
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.
What do you get when you cross an oil company with gay rights?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But they refused to cross the street to help because, they told bystanders, the rules required them instead to call 911.
In cross-section the burrows varied from round (three inches in diameter) to oval (three inches high and four inches wide).Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
I cannot believe that God would think it necessary to come on earth as a man, and die on the Cross.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
At Jaques Cartier they had but one batteau to cross the army over with, and were fired upon during the whole time by two frigates.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Father Salvierderra said if we repined under our crosses, then a heavier cross would be laid on us.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Pretty well for "a cross between an Astley's chariot, a flying machine and a treadmill."Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for cross (1 of 4)
- the process of crossing; hybridization
- an individual produced as a result of this process
- slang dishonestly
- 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)
Derived forms of crosscrosser, nouncrossly, adverbcrossness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cross
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