cross hair

or crosshair


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).

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Origin of cross hair

First recorded in 1880–85
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Example sentences from the Web for cross hair

  • When the silver splotch drifted by the crosshair, he punched the stop button and looked at the indicator.

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  • By azimuth, do you refer to the crosshair which is sometimes referred to as the windage crosshair?

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  • He kept his eyes on the crosshair of the peeper, one hand over the timer button.

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  • It may be that the mount has been bent or the crosshair ring shifted.

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