crossroad


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cross·road

 (krôs′rōd′, krŏs′-)
n.
1. A road that intersects another road.
2. crossroads(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A place where two or more roads meet.
b. A small, usually rural community situated at an intersection of two or more roads: asked for directions at a remote crossroads.
c. A place that is centrally located: "Even after the effective end of the French empire in Africa by 1960, Paris remained a crossroads for African students and diplomats" (Tyler Stovall).
d. A crucial point: "At midlife, couples are at a crossroads of change, just as individuals are" (Judith Wallerstein).

crossroad

(ˈkrɒsˌrəʊd)
n
1. (Human Geography) a road that crosses another road
2. (Human Geography) Also called: crossway a road that crosses from one main road to another

cross•road

(ˈkrɔsˌroʊd, ˈkrɒs-)

n.
1. a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads.
2. Often, crossroads. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a. a place where roads intersect.
b. a point at which a vital decision must be made.
c. a main center of activity or assembly.
[1710–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crossroad - a junction where one street or road crosses anothercrossroad - a junction where one street or road crosses another
street corner, turning point, corner - the intersection of two streets; "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by"
junction - the place where two or more things come together
grade crossing, level crossing - intersection of a railway and a road on the same level; barriers close road when trains pass
road, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

crossroad

noun
A decisive point.Used in plural:
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Only once did I perceive a human being, and that was at the intersection of our crossroad with the wide, white turnpike which cuts each cultivated district longitudinally at its exact center.
The count's tutor was well acquainted with the country; he consequently proposed to take a crossroad, which lay between that of Lens and that of Bethune.
I do not like this sort of thing, and especially so at the first time of meeting a man, and, therefore, as we happen to be at this moment standing at a crossroad, don't you think we had better part, you to the left, homewards, and I to the right, here?
Up hill and down dale walked Little John, the fresh wind blowing in his face and his robes fluttering behind him, and so at last he came to a crossroad that led to Tuxford.
That's the house--all alone at the Iron Dike crossroad, same as you see here on the map--without another within earshot.
So back we went and round by the crossroads, but by the time we got to the bridge it was very nearly dark; we could just see that the water was over the middle of it; but as that happened sometimes when the floods were out, master did not stop.
It was a four-page weekly, which sold for less than half a cent a copy; its regular subscription list was a quarter of a million, and it went to every crossroads post office in America.
You take and split the bean, and cut the wart so as to get some blood, and then you put the blood on one piece of the bean and take and dig a hole and bury it 'bout midnight at the crossroads in the dark of the moon, and then you burn up the rest of the bean.
Presently we found ourselves at four crossroads, with a four-fingered post in the centre.
They are going to the crossroads, to hold a public meeting and--of course--make speeches.
They have their regular roads and crossroads, up hills and down hills, all laid out from fifty to seventy or a hundred feet above ground, and by these they can travel even at night if necessary.
I came into the road between the crossroads and Horsell, and ran along this to the crossroads.