Share this entry

Share this page

criss-cross

Line breaks: criss-cross
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪskrɒs
 
/

Definition of criss-cross in English:

noun

A pattern of intersecting straight lines or paths: the blotting paper was marked with a criss-cross of different inks
More example sentences
  • I only bought this book because I liked the cover - its purple with black criss-crosses.
  • The tropical grass made criss-crosses on our legs as we sat.
  • With criss-crosses stitched in the middle, like cartoon drunk eyes.

adjective

Back to top  
Containing a number of straight lines or paths which intersect each other: the streets ran in a regular criss-cross pattern [as adverb]: the swords were strung criss-cross on his back
More example sentences
  • Here's the lawn today, with it's stunning criss-cross pattern.
  • Flatten lightly with fork to make criss-cross pattern.
  • Signature details included intricate criss-cross fabric weaving, long lines and flowing fringe-like ties.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
1Form a pattern of intersecting lines or paths on (a place): the green hill was criss-crossed with a network of sheep tracks [no object]: the smaller streets criss-crossed in a grid pattern
More example sentences
  • Rhododendrons line some of the many paths that criss-cross the park.
  • Half a dozen tree lined boulevards criss-cross the city with French elegance and the streets through the middle heave with traffic of all kinds.
  • The long term goal is to build monorail lines criss-crossing the city, creating a true transportation alternative for Seattle residents.
1.1Move or travel around (a place) by going back and forth repeatedly: the President criss-crossed America
More example sentences
  • And so he kept on the move, criss-crossing a large region of gently rolling Cheshire countryside.
  • An estimated 10,000 working girls will be on the move, criss-crossing the country to follow the fans - and the money - around.
  • Mr Baxter has travelled thousands of miles criss-crossing the constituency.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a figure of a cross preceding the alphabet in a hornbook): from Christ-cross (in the same sense in late Middle English), from Christ's cross. The form was later treated as a reduplication of cross.

Definition of criss-cross in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…