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(krôs′kŭn′trē, krŏs′-) Abbr. XC or X-C
1. Moving or directed across open country rather than following tracks, roads, or runs: a cross-country race.
2. From one side of a country to the opposite side: a cross-country flight.
A cross-country sport, especially running, skiing, or driving.

cross′-coun′try adv.


adj, adv
1. by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roads: cross-country running.
2. across a country: a cross-country railway.
(Athletics (Track & Field)) a long race held over open ground


(adj. ˈkrɔsˌkʌn tri, ˈkrɒs-; n. -ˈkʌn tri, -ˌkʌn-)

adj., n., pl. tries. adj.
1. directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road, track, or run: a cross-country race.
2. from one end of the country to the other: a cross-country flight.
3. a cross-country sport or race.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.cross-country - not following tracks or roads; "they liked to race cross-country"
2.cross-country - across the countryside; "the river runs cross-country"; "the road runs cross-country"


A. ADJ [route, walk] → a campo traviesa
B. CPD cross-country race Ncross m inv, campo m a través
cross-country running Ncross m
cross-country skiing Nesquí m de fondo


1. adj (race) → campestre, cross-country inv
cross-country skiing → sci m di fondo
2. adv (walk, travel) → attraverso i campi
3. n(corsa) campestre, cross-country m inv


(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.


سِبَاقُ الضَّاحِيَة přespolní běh terrænløb Geländelauf κρος κάντρι carrera a campo traviesa maasto- cross country kros corsa campestre クロスカントリー 크로스컨트리 경주 crosscountry terrengløp bieg przełajowy corrida a corta-mato, cross-country гонка по пересеченной местности längdåkning ข้ามประเทศ arazide cuộc đua việt dã 越野运动
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Meanwhile, they were drawing near the town where the races were to begin next day; for, from passing numerous groups of gipsies and trampers on the road, wending their way towards it, and straggling out from every by-way and cross-country lane, they gradually fell into a stream of people, some walking by the side of covered carts, others with horses, others with donkeys, others toiling on with heavy loads upon their backs, but all tending to the same point.
The old roan, so famous for cross-country work, turning his large eyeball to the grated window near his rack, may remember the fresh leaves that glisten there at other times and the scents that stream in, and may have a fine run with the hounds, while the human helper, clearing out the next stall, never stirs beyond his pitchfork and birch-broom.
Well, then we must make a cross-country journey to Newhaven, and so over to Dieppe.
He had been travelling from early morning on cross-country lines and after we got on terms a little confessed to being very hungry and cold.
The address given in the advertisement was that of a flat at Earl's Court, which cost me a cross-country journey, finishing with the District Railway and a seven minutes' walk.
Cross-country skiing likely originated centuries ago in Scandinavia, where it remains popular as sport-and often as everyday transportation.
Aspiring skiers will love Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills For Fun And Fitness: it joins others in Mountaineers' 'Outdoor Expert' series, providing a long-time PSIA instructor's techniques using step-by-step photos and learning activities to back instruction.
Cross-country skiing is an activity that runners can substitute for at least some of their workout.
Over the years, our Track & Cross-Country coaches have, like other coaches, based their training on the physical and mental aspects of their sport.
The cross-country ski area at the top of Pattee Canyon, a winding wooded valley that snakes east from Missoula, Montana, is a dream come true for urban skiers.

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