cross-country skiing

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cross-country skiing

The sport of skiing over the countryside rather than on downhill runs, typically using long, slender skis and bindings that attach only to the toe of the boot.

cross′-coun`try ski′ing

the sport of skiing across open country, often through woods, using narrow skis with boots that can be raised off the ski at the heel when striding.
cross′-coun`try ski′er, n.

cross-country skiing

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Form of Nordic skiing, usually over long distances up and down hills and on flat ground.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cross-country skiing - the sport of skiing across the countryside (rather than downhill)cross-country skiing - the sport of skiing across the countryside (rather than downhill)
skiing - a sport in which participants must travel on skis


(kros) plural ˈcrosses noun
1. a symbol formed by two lines placed across each other, eg + or x.
2. two wooden beams placed thus (+), on which Christ was nailed.
3. the symbol of the Christian religion.
4. a lasting cause of suffering etc. Your rheumatism is a cross you will have to bear.
5. the result of breeding two varieties of animal or plant. This dog is a cross between an alsatian and a labrador.
6. a monument in the shape of a cross.
7. any of several types of medal given for bravery etc. the Victoria Cross.
1. to go from one side to the other. Let's cross (the street); This road crosses the swamp.
2. (negative uncross) to place (two things) across each other. He sat down and crossed his legs.
3. to go or be placed across (each other). The roads cross in the centre of town.
4. to meet and pass. Our letters must have crossed in the post.
5. to put a line across. Cross your `t's'.
6. to make (a cheque or postal order) payable only through a bank by drawing two parallel lines across it.
7. to breed (something) from two different varieties. I've crossed two varieties of rose.
8. to go against the wishes of. If you cross me, you'll regret it!
1. going or placed across. cross-winds; cross-pieces.
2. of mixed variety. a cross-breed.
ˈcrossing noun
1. a place where a road etc may be crossed. a pedestrian-crossing; a level-crossing.
2. a journey over the sea. I was seasick as it was a very rough crossing.
ˈcrossbow noun
a medieval type of bow fixed to a shaft with a mechanism for pulling back and releasing the string.
ˈcross-breed noun
an animal bred from two different breeds.
ˈcross-bred adjective
ˌcrossˈcheck verb
to check information, calculations etc by using different sources or a different method.
the act of crosschecking.
cross-ˈcountry adjective
across fields etc, not on roads. a cross-country run.
ˌcross-country ˈskiing noun
the sport of skiing with narrow skis across the countryside, through woods etc.
ˌcross-exˈamine verb
in a court of law, to test or check the previous evidence of (a witness) by questioning him.
ˈcross-exˌamiˈnation noun
ˌcross-ˈeyed adjective
having a squint.
ˈcross-fire noun
the crossing of lines of gunfire from two or more points.
at cross-purposes
of two or more people, confused about what they are saying or doing because of misunderstanding one another. I think we're talking at cross-purposes.
ˌcross-reˈfer verb
to give a cross-reference (to). In this dictionary went is cross-referred to go.
ˌcross-ˈreference noun
a reference from one part of a book, list etc to another, eg crept see creep.
ˈcrossroads noun singular
a place where two or more roads cross or meet. At the crossroads we'll have to decide which road to take.
ˌcross-ˈsection noun
1. (a drawing etc of) the area or surface made visible by cutting through something, eg an apple.
2. a sample as representative of the whole. He interviewed a cross-section of the audience to get their opinion of the play.
crossword (puzzle)
a square word-puzzle in which the blanks in a pattern of blank and solid checks are to be filled with words reading across and down, the words being found from clues.
cross one's fingers
to place a finger across the one next to it, for good luck.
cross out
to draw a line through. He crossed out all her mistakes.
References in periodicals archive ?
With cross-country skis - they're much lighter and narrower than downhill skis - the back of your boot isn't fixed in, so you can lift your heels to propel yourself forwards and glide, in a skating-like motion (hence the need to balance on the balls of your feet).
With cross-country skis - much lighter and narrower than downhill skis - the back of your boot isn't fixed in, because you have to lift your heels to propel yourself forwards and glide.
The event traces its roots to 13th-century Norway, when soldiers on cross-country skis smuggled an 18-month-old prince, who would grow up to be king, to safety during a power struggle.
Winter is his idea of heaven--a time to grab one of his many pairs of cross-country skis (all necessary, so I'm told, as one needs to match the correct ski to the location and current weather conditions) and head outside.
For example, Berg's Ski Shop in Eugene rents adult cross-country skis, boots and poles for $10 the first day and $5 per additional day.
The decision comes after a Commission merger control investigation concluded that an unconditional clearance of the acquisition could lead to significantly reduced competition in the markets for cross-country skis, particularly in Austria, Germany and France.
AT skis are metal-edged and similar to downhill skis, but the bindings can be released in the back so your feet can pivot when climbing, as with cross-country skis.
Indeed, the first thing that strikes me when I step into my cross-country skis is how light and agile I feel with them on.
And you can choose your own mode of transportation, too: Snowshoes, as well as alpine and cross-country skis, can transport you from the trail head to the rustic comfort of an isolated hut.
Despite arthritis and emphysema, Haddock, whose nickname is "Granny D," has walked ten miles per day, and she even got around on cross-country skis one recent snowy day.
More than one runner has changed from being a runner who cross-country skis in order to train for running, to a cross-country skier who runs to get ready for skiing.
Traditional cross-country skis are narrower and longer than downhill skis - the old rule was that they should be as long as the distance between the wrist of your upstretched arm and the ground.