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cross British & World English

A mark, object, or figure formed by two short intersecting lines or pieces (+ or ×)

cross- British & World English

Denoting movement or position across something

cross English Thesaurus

his grave is marked by a bronze cross

the Cross in cross British & World English

The cross on which Christ was crucified

a cross between in cross British & World English

A mixture or compromise of two things

cross-cut British & World English

Cut (wood or stone) across its main grain or axis

cross-ply British & World English

(Of a tyre) having fabric layers with their threads running diagonally, crosswise to each other

cross tie British & World English

A railway sleeper

Red Cross British & World English

The International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, an international humanitarian organization bringing relief to victims of war or natural disaster. The Red Cross was set up in 1864 at the instigation of the Swiss philanthropist Henri Dunant (1828–1910) according to the Geneva Convention, and its headquarters are at Geneva

tau cross British & World English

A T-shaped cross

criss-cross British & World English

A pattern of intersecting straight lines or paths

cross-beam British & World English

A transverse beam

cross bench British & World English

(In the House of Lords and some other legislatures) a bench occupied by members who are independent of any political party

cross-breed British & World English

Produce (an animal or plant) by mating or hybridizing two different species, breeds, or varieties

cross-check British & World English

Verify (figures or information) by using an alternative source or method

cross-claim British & World English

A claim brought by one defendant against another in the same proceeding

cross-court British & World English

(Of a stroke in tennis and other racket sports) hit diagonally across the court

cross-dress British & World English

Wear clothing typical of the opposite sex

cross-eyed British & World English

Having one or both eyes turned inwards towards the nose, either from focusing on something very close, through temporary loss of control of focus, or as a permanent condition (convergent strabismus)

cross eyes British & World English

The condition of having one or both eyes turned inwards towards the nose in a squint

cross-fade British & World English

(In sound or film editing) make a picture or sound appear or be heard gradually as another disappears or becomes silent

cross-grain British & World English

Running across the regular grain in timber

cross guard British & World English

A guard on a sword or dagger consisting of a short transverse bar

cross hairs British & World English

A pair of fine wires crossing at right angles at the focus of an optical instrument or gunsight, for use in positioning, aiming, or measuring

cross-hatch British & World English

(In drawing or graphics) shade (an area) with intersecting sets of parallel lines

cross head British & World English

A bar or block between the piston rod and connecting rod in a steam engine

cross index British & World English

A note or cross reference in a book or list which refers the reader to other material

cross light British & World English

A light positioned to illuminate the parts of a photographic subject which the main lighting leaves in shade

cross link British & World English

A chemical bond between different chains of atoms in a polymer or other complex molecule

cross-party British & World English

Involving or relating to two or more political parties

cross peen British & World English

A hammer having a peen that lies crossways to the length of the shaft

cross-point British & World English

(Of a screwdriver) having a cross-shaped point for turning cross-head screws

cross-post British & World English

Post (a message, link, image, etc.) to more than one online location, such as a blog, social media website, or forum

cross-rate British & World English

An exchange rate between two currencies computed by reference to a third currency, usually the US dollar

cross-refer British & World English

Refer to another text or part of a text, typically in order to elaborate on a point

cross-ruff British & World English

A sequence of play in bridge or whist in which partners alternately trump each other’s leads

cross-sell British & World English

Sell (a different product or service) to an existing customer

cross-slide British & World English

A sliding part on a lathe or planing machine which is supported by the saddle and carries the tool in a direction at right angles to the bed of the machine

cross-town British & World English

Extending or travelling from one side of a town to the other

cross-train British & World English

Learn another skill, especially one related to one’s current job

cross vault British & World English

A vault formed by the intersection of two or more vaults

cyclo-cross British & World English

Cross-country racing on bicycles

fiery cross British & World English

A burning wooden cross carried as a symbol by the Ku Klux Klan

grand cross British & World English

An arrangement of four planets in which each is in opposition to one other planet and square to the other two, forming a cross

Greek cross British & World English

A cross of which all four arms are of equal length

Iron Cross British & World English

The highest German military decoration for bravery, instituted in 1813

Latin cross British & World English

A plain cross in which the vertical part below the horizontal is longer than the other three parts

Navy Cross British & World English

A decoration bestowed by the US Navy upon individuals who have shown exceptional heroism, especially in enemy combat


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