A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two lines or bars perpendicular to each other, dividing one or two of the lines in half. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally; if they run obliquely, the design is technically termed a saltire, although the arms of a saltire need not meet at right angles.

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  1. A geometrical figure consisting of two straight lines or bars intersecting each other such that at least one of them is bisected by the other.
    Put a cross for a wrong answer and a tick for a right one.
  2. Any geometric figure having this or a similar shape, such as a cross of Lorraine or a Maltese cross.
  3. A wooden post with a perpendicular beam attached and used (especially in the Roman Empire) to execute criminals (by crucifixion).
    Criminals were commonly executed on a wooden cross.
  4. (usually with the) The cross on which Christ was crucified.
  5. A hand gesture made by Catholics in imitation of the shape of the Cross.
    She made the cross after swearing.
  6. A modified representation of the crucifixion stake, worn as jewellery or displayed as a symbol of religious devotion.
    She was wearing a cross on her necklace.
  7. (figurative, from Christ's bearing of the cross) A difficult situation that must be endured.
    It's a cross I must bear.
  8. The act of going across; the act of passing from one side to the other
    A quick cross of the road.
  9. An animal or plant produced by crossbreeding or cross-fertilization.
  10. A hybrid of any kind.
  11. A hook thrown over the opponent's punch.
  12. A pass in which the ball travels from by one touchline across the pitch.
  13. A place where roads intersect and lead off in four directions; a crossroad (common in UK and Irish place names such as Gerrards Cross).
  14. A monument that marks such a place. (Also common in UK or Irish place names such as Charing Cross)
  15. A coin stamped with the figure of a cross, or that side of such a piece on which the cross is stamped; hence, money in general.
  16. Church lands.
  17. A line drawn across or through another line.
  18. An instrument for laying of offsets perpendicular to the main course.
  19. A pipe-fitting with four branches whose axes usually form a right angle.
  20. Four edge cubies of one side that are in their right places, forming the shape of a cross.


  1. To place across or athwart; to cause to intersect.
    She frowned and crossed her arms.
  2. To lay or draw something across, such as a line.
    to cross the letter t
  3. To mark with an X.
    Cross the box which applies to you.
  4. To go from one side of (something) to the other.
    Why did the chicken cross the road?
    You need to cross the street at the lights.
  5. To travel in a direction or path that will intersect with that of another.
    Ships crossing from starboard have right-of-way.
  6. To pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time.
  7. To contradict (another) or frustrate the plans of.
    "You'll rue the day you tried to cross me, Tom Hero!" bellowed the villain.
  8. To interfere and cut off; to debar.
  9. (reflexive to cross oneself) To make the sign of the cross over oneself.
  10. Of both batsmen, to pass each other when running between the wickets in order to score runs.
  11. to cross-fertilize or crossbreed.
    They managed to cross a sheep with a goat.
  12. to conduct a cross examination; to question a hostile witness
  13. To pass the ball from one side of the pitch to the other side.
    He crossed the ball into the penalty area.
  14. To score a try.
  15. To stamp or mark a cheque in such a way as to prevent it being cashed, thus requiring it to be deposited in to a bank account.


  1. Transverse; lying across the main direction.
    At the end of each row were cross benches which linked the rows.
  2. Opposite, opposed to.
    His actions were perversely cross to his own happiness.
  3. Opposing, adverse; being contrary to what one would hope or wish for.
  4. Bad-tempered, angry, annoyed.
    She was rather cross about missing her train on the first day of the job.
  5. Made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation; mutually inverse; interchanged.
    cross interrogatories
    cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other

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