Definitions of cross

  1. hinder or prevent ( the efforts, plans, or desires) of; " What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; " foil your opponent"
  2. marking consisting of crossing lines
  3. to cover a wide area; " Rivers traverse the valley floor", " The parking lot spans 3 acres"
  4. a cross as an emblem of Christianity; used in heraldry
  5. a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
  6. any affliction that causes great suffering; " that is his cross to bear"; " he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
  7. breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties; " cross a horse and a donkey"; " Mendel tried crossbreeding"; " these species do not interbreed"
  8. fold so as to resemble a cross; " she crossed her legs"
  9. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis; " cross members should be all steel"; " from the transverse hall the stairway ascends gracefully"; " transversal vibrations"; " transverse colon"
  10. meet at a point
  11. ( genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  12. trace a line through or across; " cross your ` t'"
  13. meet and pass; " the trains crossed"
  14. to cover or extend over an area or time period; " Rivers traverse the valley floor", " The parking lot spans 3 acres"; " The novel spans three centuries"
  15. The sign or mark of the cross, made with the finger, or in ink, etc., or actually represented in some material; the symbol of Christ's death; the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity, of a Christian people, and of Christendom.
  16. Affiction regarded as a test of patience or virtue; trial; disappointment; opposition; misfortune.
  17. A piece of money stamped with the figure of a cross, also, that side of such a piece on which the cross is stamped; hence, money in general.
  18. An appendage or ornament or anything in the form of a cross; a badge or ornamental device of the general shape of a cross; hence, such an ornament, even when varying considerably from that form; thus, the Cross of the British Order of St. George and St. Michael consists of a central medallion with seven arms radiating from it.
  19. A monument in the form of a cross, or surmounted by a cross, set up in a public place; as, a market cross; a boundary cross; Charing Cross in London.
  20. A common heraldic bearing, of which there are many varieties. See the Illustration, above.
  21. The crosslike mark or symbol used instead of a signature by those unable to write.
  22. Church lands.
  23. A line drawn across or through another line.
  24. A mixing of breeds or stock, especially in cattle breeding; or the product of such intermixture; a hybrid of any kind.
  25. An instrument for laying of offsets perpendicular to the main course.
  26. A pipe- fitting with four branches the axes of which usually form's right angle.
  27. Not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse; oblique; intersecting.
  28. Not accordant with what is wished or expected; interrupting; adverse; contrary; thwarting; perverse.
  29. Characterized by, or in a state of, peevishness, fretfulness, or ill humor; as, a cross man or woman.
  30. Made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation; mutually inverse; interchanged; as, cross interrogatories; cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other.
  31. Athwart; across.
  32. To put across or athwart; to cause to intersect; as, to cross the arms.
  33. To lay or draw something, as a line, across; as, to cross the letter t.
  34. To pass from one side to the other of; to pass or move over; to traverse; as, to cross a stream.
  35. To pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time.
  36. To run counter to; to thwart; to obstruct; to hinder; to clash or interfere with.
  37. To interfere and cut off; to debar.
  38. To make the sign of the cross upon; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, he crossed himself.
  39. To cancel by marking crosses on or over, or drawing a line across; to erase; -- usually with out, off, or over; as, to cross out a name.
  40. To cause to interbreed; -- said of different stocks or races; to mix the breed of.
  41. To lie or be athwart.
  42. To move or pass from one side to the other, or from place to place; to make a transit; as, to cross from New York to Liverpool.
  43. To be inconsistent.
  44. To interbreed, as races; to mix distinct breeds.
  45. A gibbet of wood formed of an upright and a cross piece; the emblem of the Christian faith; a device like a cross; a mark made on a document by those who cannot write; a trial of patience; suffering for Christ's sake.
  46. To put, or draw, across; cancel; pass; oppose; obstruct; make the sign of the cross upon.
  47. To be athwart.
  48. Not parallel; fretful; peevish.
  49. Crossly.
  50. A gibbet on which male factors were hung, consisting of two pieces of timber, one placed crosswise on the other, either thus + or x ; the instrument on which Christ suffered, and thus the symbol of the Christian religion: the sufferings of Christ: anything that crosses or thwarts: adversity or affliction in general: a crossing or mixing of breeds, esp. of cattle.
  51. To mark with a cross: to lay one body or draw one line across another: to cancel by drawing cross lines: to pass from side to side: to obstruct: to thwart: to move or pass from place to place.
  52. Lying across: transverse: oblique: opposite: adverse: illtempered: interchanged.
  53. A straight body crossing another; gibbet made of two crossing beams; the instrument on which Christ suffered, and hence the Christian religion; affliction; anything in the shape of a cross; a mixing of breeds.
  54. To lay a thwaart; pass over; mark with a cross; obstruct or annoy.
  55. Transverse; adverse; peevish.
  56. To place or move across; traverse; intersect; cancel ( cross off or out); obstruct; contradict; irritate.
  57. To make the sign of the cross upon.
  58. To mix with a different variety.
  59. Ill- tempered; peevish.
  60. An ancient instrument of torture and death, consisting of two crossed timbers, on which the condemned were fastened.
  61. The crucifixion of Christ; the Atonement.
  62. Something endured for Christ's sake; trial; tribulation.
  63. A mark resembling a cross.
  64. A mixing of breeds; an animal of mixed breed.
  65. Transverse: falling athwart: opposite; adverse; perverse; untractable; peevish; interchanged; of a cross breed.
  66. A gibbet consisting of two pieces of timber placed across each other, either in form of a +, T, or an X; the cross on which Christ suffered; Christ's sufferings or passion; the symbol of the Christian religion; the Christian religion itself: an ornament, monument, mark, & c., like a cross; a line drawn across another: anything that crosses, thwarts, obstructs, perplexes, or distresses: a mixing of breeds in producing animals. To take up the cross, to be resolved to sacrifice self for some sacred interest in the spirit of Christ. Cross of Calvary, a cross on three steps. Latin cross, one with crossbeam two- thirds up. Tau cross, one like T. St. Andrew's cross, one like X.
  67. To draw a line or lay one thing, as a sword, across another; to erase by cross lines; to cancel; to make the sign of the cross; to pass or move over from side to side: to thwart; to obstruct; to be inconsistent with; to debar; to produce young from different varieties of a species.
  68. To lie or be athwart; to pass from side to side directly or obliquely.
  69. Two lengths of any body placed across each other- thus (+), ( X), or (+); a line drawn through another; the ensign of the Christian religion; the instrument on which the Saviour died; any misfortune; a hindrance.
  70. To draw a line, or place a body, across another; to pass or move over; to pass from side to side; to cancel; to erase; to obstruct or hinder.
  71. Oblique; transverse; obstructing; adverse; peevish or ill- humoured.
  72. An organism produced by the mating of parents of different breeds.

Usage examples for cross

  1. No wonder he was cross. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  2. Red Cross girls were very much in evidence, a number of them American and English. – A Journey Through France in War Time by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  3. I was cross to him. – The Adventures of Joel Pepper by Margaret Sidney
  4. She is rather cross and says I've come to the wrong door. – A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair
  5. Of course they gave him the Cross. – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  6. Never let such a thing cross your mind, let alone your lips again, you dear best of sisters. – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  7. Your husband came home cross to- night. – How to Cook Husbands by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  8. Cross my heart to die! – Apron-Strings by Eleanor Gates
  9. " I'm very cross -" " No you aren't, my love! – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  10. It doesn't make me cross to hear of a place where people are kind and friendly. – Mary Rose of Mifflin by Frances R. Sterrett
  11. Seeing the benevolent Cavendish would not be denied, Thaddeus took his hat, and with harassed spirits walked down the lane towards Charing Cross. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  12. " I don't mean to be cross, little girl. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  13. And then, she added, what a comfort it will be if any of them are cross or rude, to think, 'I'm glad I don't know that they are mine. – Among the Pond People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  14. Let's cross the draw. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  15. Why do you cross me to- day? – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  16. The moon at the cross- roads? – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  17. I am cross with you, there! – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  18. Father'll be awfully cross. – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner