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cross
top: Maltese and St. Andrew's
center: patriarchal, Greek, and tau
bottom: Latin, Calvary, and Celtic

cross

 (krôs, krŏs)
n.
1.
a. An upright post with a transverse piece near the top, on which condemned persons were executed in ancient times.
b. often Cross The cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
c. A crucifix.
d. Any of various modifications of the cross design, such as a Latin cross or Maltese cross.
e. A medal, emblem, or insignia in the form of a cross.
2. Cross The Christian religion; Christianity.
3. Christianity The sign of the cross.
4. A trial, affliction, or frustration. See Synonyms at burden.
5. A mark or pattern formed by the intersection of two lines, especially such a mark (X) used as a signature.
6. A movement from one place to another, as on a stage; a crossing.
7. A pipe fitting with four branches in upright and transverse form, used as a junction for intersecting pipes.
8. Biology A plant or animal produced by crossbreeding; a hybrid.
9. One that combines the qualities of two other things: a novel that is a cross between romance and satire.
10. Sports
a. A hook thrown over an opponent's punch in boxing.
b. A pass made into the center of the field to a player in position to score, especially in soccer.
11. Law An act or instance of cross-examining; a cross-examination.
12. The Southern Cross.
13. Slang A contest whose outcome has been dishonestly prearranged.
v. crossed, cross·ing, cross·es
v.tr.
1. To go or extend across; pass from one side of to the other: crossed the room to greet us; a bridge that crosses the bay.
2. To carry or conduct across something: crossed the horses at the ford.
3. To extend or pass through or over; intersect: Elm Street crosses Oak Street.
4. Sports To propel (a ball or puck) as a cross, as in soccer.
5.
a. To delete by drawing a line through: crossed tasks off her list as she did them.
b. To eliminate or dismiss as unimportant or undesirable: "He thought about Mr. Fraser and crossed him off as an unknown quantity" (Scott O'Dell).
c. To make or put a line across: Cross and divide a circle.
6. To place crosswise one over the other: cross one's legs.
7. To make the sign of the cross upon or over as a sign of devotion or blessing.
8. To encounter in passing: His path crossed mine.
9. To combine the qualities of two things: a movie that crosses horror with humor.
10. To interfere with; thwart or obstruct: Don't cross me.
11. To betray or deceive; double-cross. Often used with up.
12. Biology To crossbreed or cross-fertilize (plants or animals).
13. Law To cross-examine.
v.intr.
1. To lie or pass across each other; intersect.
2.
a. To move or extend from one side to another: crossed through Canada en route to Alaska.
b. To make a crossing: crossed into Germany from Switzerland.
3. To meet in passing; come into conjunction: Their paths crossed at the health club.
4. To move or be conveyed in opposite directions at the same time: Our letters must have crossed in the mail.
5. Biology To crossbreed or cross-fertilize.
adj.
1. Lying or passing crosswise; intersecting: a cross street.
2. Contrary or counter; opposing.
3. Showing ill humor; annoyed.
4. Involving interchange; reciprocal.
5. Crossbred; hybrid.
adv.
Crosswise.
prep.
Across.
Phrasal Verbs:
cross over
1. To change from one condition or loyalty to another.
2. Genetics To exchange genetic material. Used of homologous chromosomes.
cross up
To ruin completely: Their lack of cooperation crossed up the whole project.
Idioms:
cross (one's) mind
To come to know; realize: It crossed my mind that you might want to leave early.
cross (one's) t's
To be thorough or painstaking in attending to details.
cross (someone's) palm
To pay, tip, or bribe.
cross swords
To quarrel or fight.

[Middle English cros, from Old English, probably from Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin crux.]

cross′er n.
cross′ly adv.
cross′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crossness - an irritable petulant feelingcrossness - an irritable petulant feeling  
ill humor, ill humour, distemper - an angry and disagreeable mood
testiness, tetchiness, touchiness - feeling easily irritated
pet - a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
2.crossness - a disposition to be ill-tempered
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
References in classic literature ?
She said she knowed I could feed it on what other folks eat; and the child kinder pined, and cried, and cried, and cried, day and night, and got all gone to skin and bones, and Missis got sot agin it and she said 't wan't nothin' but crossness.
And I must say that Lucy's crossness not to take them along with them in the chaise is worse than all.
She went skipping slowly down the outside walk, thinking him over and saying to herself that, queer as it was, here was another person whom she liked in spite of his crossness.
She sat down and played with them a little, but the thought of her husband and his unreasonable crossness worried her.
Have patience with me, and bear with my languor and crossness a little while, till I get this cursed low fever out of my veins, and then you'll find me cheerful and kind as ever.