Maltese cross


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Maltese cross

n.
A cross having four equal arms resembling arrowheads joined at the points.

Maltese cross

n
1. (Heraldry) a cross with triangular arms that taper towards the centre, sometimes having indented outer sides: formerly worn by the Knights of Malta
2. (Film) (in a film projector) a cam mechanism of this shape that produces intermittent motion

Mal′tese cross′


n.
a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.
[1875–80]
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2.Maltese cross - a cross with triangular or arrow-shaped arms and the points toward the centerMaltese cross - a cross with triangular or arrow-shaped arms and the points toward the center
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Translations
croix de Malte
Cruz de Malta

Maltese cross

nMalteserkreuz nt

Maltese cross

ncroce di Malta
References in classic literature ?
They, with two others below, formed the revolving Maltese cross of the reaping-machine, which had been brought to the field on the previous evening to be ready for operations this day.
Then, in teenage, almost everyone joined the Neath Athletic Rugby Club and every one of the five sides which the club turned out on a Saturday wore the black jersey with Maltese cross.
8220;We can't return the parents to the children, but, together we can help these children's dreams come true,” says Roman Yaruchyk, the chief of Maltese Cross Corps in Ivano-Frankivsk.
Chaplains now wear uniforms not associated with a military branch but with distinctive badges featuring the Maltese cross.
The order, whose emblem is the Maltese cross, still exists but its powers declined over the centuries.
If polarized light microscopy is included, it can be used as a tool to identify plant material on the basis of the Maltese cross evident in amyloplasts when viewed with crossed polars and the birefringence exhibited by cellulosic fibers (for complete instructions for a lab on polarized light microscopy, see McMahon, 2004).
Their action-packed routine featured tricks including the Maltese Cross, where four of the team balanced on one bike in a cross formation, while other soldiers rode through towers of fire and performed acrobatic crossover rides.
It was designed in the shape of a Maltese cross, and was completed in only 14 weeks.
Other winning names included "Skeetle", a beetle that escapes predators using natural "jet skis"; "Mab's lantern", a rare four-spotted beetle; "St John's jellyfish", a tiny 1cm jellyfish in the shape of a Maltese cross and "Scabious cuckoo bee", which lays its eggs in the nests of other bees.
Decorated with the lion and the Maltese Cross, the sword, probably made in either Italy or German> is likely to have been captured during the brief occupation of Alexandria by the forces of Peter I, King of Cyprus and titular King of Jerusalem in 1365.
Other symbolic design elements include the iconic Maltese Cross, which is embossed on glass and expressed as an illuminated "light box" on the third floor facade and the use of brightly glazed red brick throughout.