[ kraw-sing, kros-ing ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that crosses.

  2. a place where lines, streets, tracks, etc., cross each other.

  1. a place at which a road, railroad track, river, etc., may be crossed.

  2. hybridization; crossbreeding.

  3. the act of opposing or thwarting; frustration; contradiction.

  4. the intersection of nave and transept in a cruciform church.

  5. Railroads. a track structure composed of four connected frogs, permitting two tracks to cross each other at grade with sufficient clearance for wheel flanges.

Origin of crossing

1375–1425; late Middle English. See cross, -ing1

Other words from crossing

  • sub·cross·ing, noun

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How to use crossing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crossing


/ (ˈkrɒsɪŋ) /

  1. the place where one thing crosses another

  2. a place, often shown by markings, lights, or poles, where a street, railway, etc, may be crossed

  1. the intersection of the nave and transept in a church

  2. the act or instance of travelling across something, esp the sea

  3. the act or process of crossbreeding

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