Definition of crossover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrôsˌōvər/


1A point or place of crossing from one side to the other.
Example sentences
  • Since crossovers occurred on either side of each insertion site, interference may act across the insertion.
  • There are three crossovers on the proximal side and five crossovers on the distal end.
  • There is natural crossover between the skills used in political campaigns and those in mass marketing of commercial products.
1.1A short length of track joining two adjacent railroad lines.
Example sentences
  • Where the train stopped, there was a wooden crossover which crossed an adjacent freight track.
  • The Operator lines him in through the little crossover just east of the depot.
  • For example, if we wanted to add a crossover in the middle of the siding between the east and west ends we are able to use L and R84 and switch 83 or L and R86 and switch 85.
2The process of achieving success in a different field or style, especially in popular music: [as modifier]: a jazz-classical crossover album
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  • Such artists achieved crossover success.
  • I've done a lot of recording there the last couple of years, from show music to jazz to classical to crossover.
  • It was the first black-owned record label to achieve this crossover success.
3A person who votes for a candidate in a different political party than the one they usually support: [as modifier]: crossover votes
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  • He sees them as possible crossover votes on key issues.
  • She has repeatedly blamed the crossover voting for her defeat.
  • There's no crossover voting in this election, I don't think.
4 [as modifier] Relating to or denoting trials of medical treatment in which experimental subjects and control groups are exchanged after a set period: a crossover study
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  • We performed a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled, crossover trial in seven healthy men aged 21 to 27.
  • The study was a randomised double blind placebo controlled crossover trial.
  • The study was a crossover intervention trial in which the manual and touch-free dispensers were used in 2 hospital units.

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Syllabification: cross·o·ver

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