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Definitions of cross

cross (krɔs krɑs )



  1. an upright post with a bar across it near the top, to which the ancient Romans fastened convicted persons to die
  2. a representation or figure of a cross, used as a badge, decoration, etc.; also, such a badge, decoration, etc.   ⇒ the Distinguished Service Cross
  3. a monument in the form of a cross, or with a cross on it, marking a crossroad, boundary, grave, etc.
  4. a staff with a cross at the top, carried before an archbishop as a sign of his authority
    1. a representation of a cross, in any of various recognized forms, as a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus, hence of the Christian religion
    2. a crucifix
    1. the act of crossing, as from one side of a stage to the other
    2. the act of crossing oneself
  5. any trouble or affliction that one has to bear; also, anything that thwarts or frustrates
  6. any design, mark, or object made by two lines or surfaces that intersect one another
  7. such a mark (X) made as a signature, as by a person who cannot write
    1. a crossing, or mixing, of varieties or breeds; hybridization
    2. the result of such mixing; hybrid
  8. something that combines the qualities of two different things or types
  9. (slang) a dishonest action, fixed contest or match, etc.
  10. (boxing) a blow delivered over and across the opponent's lead
  11. ([C-]) Northern Cross
  12. ([C-]) Southern Cross

transitive verb

  1. to make the sign of the cross over or upon
  2. to place across or crosswise   ⇒ cross your fingers
  3. to lie or cut across; intersect   ⇒ where two streets cross one another
  4. to draw or put a line or lines across   ⇒ cross your t's
  5. to pass over; go from one side to the other of; go across   ⇒ to cross the ocean
  6. to carry or lead across
  7. to extend or reach across   ⇒ the bridge crosses a river
  8. to meet and pass (each other)
  9. to bring into contact, causing electrical interference   ⇒ the wires were crossed
  10. to go counter to; thwart; oppose
  11. to interbreed (animals or plants); breed (an individual of one type) with one of another; hybridize; cross-fertilize

intransitive verb

  1. to lie across; intersect
  2. to go or extend from one side to the other (often with over)
  3. to pass each other while moving in opposite directions
  4. to interbreed; hybridize; cross-fertilize


  1. lying or passing across or through; transverse; crossing or crossed   ⇒ cross street, cross ventilation
  2. going counter; contrary; opposed   ⇒ at cross purposes
  3. irritated or irritable; ill-tempered
  4. involving reciprocal actions, etc.
  5. of mixed variety or breed; hybrid; crossbred
  6. (archaic) causing harm; unfavorable


  1. crosswise

See cross oneself

See cross one's fingers

See cross one's heart

See cross someone's mind

See cross someone's palm

See cross someone's path

See cross up

See the Cross

Derived Forms

ˈcrossable adjective
ˈcrossly adverb
ˈcrossness noun

Word Origin

< ME cros & crois; cros < OE cros & ON kross, both < OIr cros < L crux (gen. crucis), a cross < IE * kreuk-, extension of base * (s)ker-, to turn, bend > L curvus; ME crois < OFr < L crux


View thesaurus entry
= go across, bridge, cut across, extend over, move across, pass over, span, traverse
= intersect, crisscross, intertwine
= interbreed, blend, crossbreed, cross-fertilize, cross-pollinate, hybridize, intercross, mix, mongrelize
= crucifix, rood
= crossroads, crossing, intersection, junction
= mixture, amalgam, blend, combination
= angry, annoyed, grumpy, ill-tempered, in a bad mood, irascible, put out, short
= transverse, crosswise, diagonal, intersecting, oblique

cross- (krɔs krɑs )


  1. cross (in various senses) or across   ⇒ crossbow, crossbreed, crosswise

Translations for 'cross'

  • American English: cross Someone who is cross is angry or irritated.I'm terribly cross with him. crosser, crossest
  • Arabic: غَضْبَان
  • Brazilian Portuguese: bravo brava
  • Chinese: 生气的
  • Croatian: ljutit ljutita
  • Czech: naštvaný
  • Danish: vred
  • Dutch: boos
  • European Spanish: enfadado enfadada
  • Finnish: kiukkuinen
  • French: fâché
  • German: verärgert
  • Greek: οργισμένος οργισμένη
  • Italian: imbronciato imbronciata
  • Japanese: 不機嫌な
  • Korean: 화가 난
  • Norwegian: tverr
  • Polish: rozgniewany rozgniewana
  • Portuguese: zangado zangada
  • Romanian: furios furios, furioasă, furioși, furioase
  • Russian: переживать
  • Spanish: enfadado enfadada
  • Swedish: arg argt
  • Thai: โกรธฉุนเฉียว
  • Turkish: öfkeli
  • Ukrainian: сердитий
  • Vietnamese: cáu
  • American English: cross A cross is a shape that consists of a vertical line or piece with a shorter horizontal line or piece across it. It is the most important Christian symbol.Around her neck was a cross on a silver chain. crosses
  • Arabic: صَلِيب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cruz
  • Chinese: 十字架
  • Croatian: križ
  • Czech: kříž
  • Danish: kryds
  • Dutch: kruis
  • European Spanish: cruz
  • Finnish: risti
  • French: croix
  • German: Kreuz
  • Greek: σταυρός
  • Italian: croce
  • Japanese: 十字形
  • Korean: 십자가
  • Norwegian: kors
  • Polish: krzyż
  • Portuguese: cruz
  • Romanian: cruce cruci
  • Russian: плюс
  • Spanish: cruz
  • Swedish: kors
  • Thai: ไม้กางเขน
  • Turkish: çapraz
  • Ukrainian: хрест
  • Vietnamese: chữ thập
  • American English: cross If you cross a room, a road, or an area of land, you move to the other side of it. If you cross to a place, you move or travel over a room, road, or area in order to reach that place.She failed to look as she crossed the road.Egan crossed to the drinks cabinet and poured a Scotch. crosses, crossing, crossed
  • Arabic: يَعْبُرُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cruzar
  • Chinese: 勾划
  • Croatian: prijeći
  • Czech: přejít přecházetulici apod.
  • Danish: krydse
  • Dutch: oversteken
  • European Spanish: cruzar
  • Finnish: ylittää
  • French: traverser
  • German: überqueren
  • Greek: διασχίζω
  • Italian: attraversare
  • Japanese: 横切る
  • Korean: (...을) 교차시키다
  • Norwegian: krysse
  • Polish: przekroczyć przekraczać
  • Portuguese: atravessar
  • Romanian: a traversa
  • Russian: пересекать
  • Spanish: cruzar
  • Swedish: korsa
  • Thai: ข้าม
  • Turkish: karşıdan karşıya geçmek
  • Ukrainian: перетинати перетнути
  • Vietnamese: đi qua


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