- A geometrical figure consisting of two straight lines or bars intersecting each other such that at least one of them is bisected by the other.
- (heraldry) Any geometric figure having this shape, such as a cross of Lorraine or a Maltese cross.
- A wooden post with a perpendicular beam attached and used (especially in the Roman Empire) to execute criminals (by crucifixion).
- (usually with the) The cross on which Christ was crucify, crucified.
- A hand gesture made by Christians in imitation of the shape of the Cross.
- (figurative, from Christ's bearing of the cross) A difficult situation that must be endured.
verb (cross, es)
- It's a cross I must bear.
- (biology) Animal or plant produced by crossbreeding or cross-fertilization.
- (boxing) a hook thrown over the opponent's punch
- (football) A kick in which the ball travels from one side of the pitch to the other
- (transitive) To go from one side of (something) to the other.
- Why did the chicken the road?
- (intransitive) To travel in a direction or path that will intersect with that of another.
- Ships crossing from starboard have right-of-way.
- (transitive) To contradict (another) or frustrate the plans of.
- "You'll rue the day you tried to me, Tom Hero!" bellowed the villain.
- (reflexive to cross oneself) To make the sign of the cross over oneself.
- (context, cricket, reciprocally) Of both batsmen, to pass each other when running between the wickets in order to score runs.
- (biology) to cross-fertilize or crossbreed'''
- to conduct a cross examination; to question a hostile witness
Etymology: From kross, from (OIr.) cros (Welsh croes, Gaelic crois), from crux.
- Opposite to.
- angry, Angry, annoyed.
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