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 skiing over relatively flat countryside, as opposed to down mountain slopes: a cross-country skier
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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.
  • 2Not keeping to main or direct roads, routes, or railway lines: an awkward, cross-country journey by train [as adverb]: we drove cross-country to a family reunion
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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.
  • 2.1chiefly US Travelling 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.’


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  • The sport of cross-country running, riding, skiing, or motoring: 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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