cross hair

or cross·hair


noun Usually cross hairs.

Also called cross wire. one of the fine wires or fibers, strands of spider web, or the like, crossing in a focal plane of an optical instrument to center a target or object or to define a line of sight.
one of the marks that aid in the positioning of overlaying images for correct registration in printing.Compare register(def 11b).

Nearby words

  1. cross bridging,
  2. cross buck,
  3. cross colour,
  4. cross flap,
  5. cross fox,
  6. cross hairs,
  7. cross index,
  8. cross infection,
  9. cross matching,
  10. cross my heart and hope to die

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British Dictionary definitions for cross hairs

cross hairs

pl n

two fine mutually perpendicular lines or wires that cross in the focal plane of a theodolite, gunsight, or other optical instrument and are used to define the line of sightAlso called: cross wires
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