[adjective kraws-kuhn-tree, kros-; noun kraws-kuhn-tree, -kuhn-, kros-]
- directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road or path: a cross-country race.
- from one end of the country to the other: a cross-country flight.
- a cross-country sport or race.
Origin of cross-country
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for cross-country
On October 17, Rebecca More embarked on a cross-country tour of Britain.The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians
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To prove otherwise, Ford helped stage highly public events that got a lot of media coverage—including a cross-country race.From the Model T to the Model S
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Concerned by a larger issue like getting into business school, planning a cross-country move, or paying down significant debt?How to Overcome Anxiety, Starting Now
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On its own, cross-country ski racing requires incredible endurance; competitors often collapse when they cross the finish line.Why the Biathlon Makes Bonds of Us All
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Google searches: “How many calories does cross-country skiing burn,” “cross country skiers falling down gif”So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
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Then followed what might be called an apprenticeship to cross-country flying.Learning to Fly
They put Calhoun behind them, and Hart led them cross-country.Ride Proud, Rebel!
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Ever present in his mind are the three great 'cross-country queries.The Aeroplane Speaks
The Hon. Alan Boyle makes the first cross-country trip, 1910.
Cross-country work he did not attempt; his machine at that time was ill-fitted for it.
- by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roadscross-country running
- across a countrya cross-country railway
- a long race held over open ground
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Word Origin and History for cross-country
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