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[kraws-wahyz, kros-]
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  1. across; transversely.
  2. contrarily.
  3. Archaic. in the form of a cross.
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  1. forming a cross; transverse.
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Also crossways.

Origin of crosswise

1350–1400; Middle English a cross wise in the form of a cross. See a-1, cross, wise2
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Examples from the Web for crosswise

Historical Examples

  • They go lengthwise and crosswise through every street but the High.


    Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels

  • The berths are crosswise rather than lengthwise as in our sleepers.

  • The fates were playing, and in this case for once in the world's history their play was crosswise.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • He also cuts off one of the forelegs of each, and puts it crosswise in the mouth.

  • The flesh was then stripped off, and the skull cut in two crosswise.

British Dictionary definitions for crosswise


crossways (ˈkrɒsˌweɪz)

adjective, adverb
  1. across; transversely
  2. in the shape of a cross
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