Definition of cross-country in English:

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1Across fields or countryside, as opposed to on roads or tracks: cross-country walking
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  • The day began with a short communion service followed by breakfast and a walk down the cross-country bridleway.
  • Armies made some use of lorries and staff cars, but practical cross-country vehicles, good roads and an associated infrastructure simply did not exist.
  • The first cousin to the tank: an armed and armoured, wheeled military vehicle, with a good road and limited cross-country ability.
1.1Relating to or denoting the sport of running, riding, or driving along a course in the countryside, as opposed to around a track.
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  • If he clicked on the sports section of college's website, he would see not aristocratic sons pounding along the cross-country course, but young women jogging on treadmills in a gym.
  • The landscape around the centre provides 13 km of endurance tracks and tracks for cross-country riding.
  • He is building a reputation as a designer of cross-country courses for eventing testing.
1.2Relating to or denoting skiing over relatively flat or mountainous terrain, as opposed to skiing only downhill.
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  • You don't need a mountain for cross-country skiing, just a snow covered area.
  • We'll stay in Oslo for a few days and then head up to a cabin in the mountains to try cross-country skiing.
  • Getting out onto a well-lit ski trail is one of the most pleasurable additions to cross-country skiing in recent years.
2Across a region or country, in particular.
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  • Using information culled from her cross-country team of field reps, she can instantly determine what the market is like in virtually any city.
  • Consider the sports agent who flew cross-country just for the chance to have a brief meet-and-greet with a potential client.
  • The bid will not be part of Virgin's present commitment to run the west coast main line service and the cross-country routes.
2.1Not keeping to main or direct roads, routes, or railroad lines: mine shafts camouflaged by vegetation have swallowed up more than one cross-country hiker [as adverb]: if you are traveling cross-country, choose where you walk with care
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  • There is also an attractive cross-country route to the hall.
  • He travelled on the motorway rather than taking a cross-country route.
  • We follow a cross-country route east, exploring a rarely visited section of the refuge.
2.2chiefly US Traveling to many different parts of a country: a whirlwind cross-country tour
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  • This will give me the perfect excuse to do my cross-country travelling.
  • He will be going on a cross-country tour.
  • Today, they embarked on a cross-country tour called ‘Believe In America.’


1A cross-country race or competition.
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  • It was more of a trail race rather then a cross-country.
  • In between is the most gruelling test, the cross-country.
  • The final mandatory jog would take place 45 minutes after a given horse had finished the cross-country.
1.1The sport of cross-country running, riding, skiing, or driving: skiing in the Rockies is a pleasant mix of downhill and cross-country
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  • The students have an aptitude for all sporting activities including athletics, football, basketball and cross-country.
  • There's downhill, slalom, cross-country and so forth.
  • This event, unusually, also included two outdoor events javelin and cross-country.

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Syllabification: cross-coun·try

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