Definition of crossing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsɪŋ/


1A place where roads or railway lines cross: a stream of cars was waiting for the railway crossing barriers to be opened
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  • He admitted building the double line would cause more train traffic at the railway crossings.
  • The barrier at the railway crossing did not function well and the bell did not ring.
  • The two-day initiative is to target high-risk drivers at railway crossings and perform general driver safety and education blitzes.
2A place at which one may safely cross something, especially a street: we were thirty yards from the crossing when a man stepped off the pavement a border crossing
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  • This rulemaking covers access to public rights-of-way, sidewalks, street crossings and related pedestrian facilities.
  • The crossing should safely assist pedestrians to the Victoria Recreation Ground, as well as to a nearby scout hut and nursery.
  • The regulatory committee also agreed that plans for a proposed crossing should be supported.
informal the green man
3 [mass noun] The action of crossing something: the crossing of the Pennines
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  • The issue of Mexican immigration and border crossing is reversed, as Americans stream toward the border, only to be forbidden entry by Mexican patrols.
  • The feat of getting so many men across the forbidden mountain range which separates the west coast of Chile from the jungle on the east was reminiscent of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps.
  • It is estimated that it will cost £20m to cut the cost of the tolls, and that a cut in the cost of crossing from the island to the mainland could create 200 jobs.
3.1A journey across water in a ship: a short ferry crossing
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  • The first successful crossing by ship would not occur until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set out in 1903.
  • The rough crossing in the cold and choppy waters from the U.K. to the shores of North America took 10 days.
  • In fact it was considered too rough even to send the dive centre boat to collect us, so we made the 20-minute crossing by ferry.
4 Architecture The intersection of a church nave and the transepts: the cathedral has a lantern tower over the crossing
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  • What survives today as the parish church is the crossing, transepts, presbytery, and ambulatory.
  • Arrived, the Queen was placed in a chair of estate in the middle of the crossing, facing the high altar.

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