Origin of crossing
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 crossingoverpass, crossroad, junction, bridge, passage, intersection, interchange, traverse, network, exchange, screen, traversal, grating, loop, underpass, cloverleaf, crossway, decussation, crosswalk, gridiron
Examples from the Web for crossing
Contemporary Examples of crossing
Crossing the border illegally, with the help of coyotes, or smugglers, is typically a very expensive endeavor.Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. Over Dog Bite
December 10, 2014
“Many people die in that crossing,” Mooney told The Daily Beast.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
Nothing but watch, that is, and prevent Kurdish reinforcements from crossing the frontier to help defend Kobani.Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.
October 10, 2014
The young men and women are furious they have been blocked from crossing the border to assist in the defense of Kobani.Impotent U.S. Airstrikes, Passive Turks and an ISIS Triumph
October 3, 2014
But Stewart goes in the middle of winter, crossing through some territory still shakily held by the Taliban—and entirely on foot.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of crossing
Thoughts of crossing the stream by swimming occurred to him.Brave and Bold
Your crossing the Santee must depend upon your own discretion.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The tower rises above the crossing, and is crowned by sixteen pinnacles.Yorkshire Painted And Described
When, in crossing the Clos-Marie, he lifted his head, he saw that she was kissing the flowers.The Dream
But what dignitary is this crossing from the other side to greet the governor?Main Street
noun the Cross
- 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
"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.
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.
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