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Meaning & Definition of Cross in English

English

Cross

/krɔs/

noun

1. A wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece

    synonym:
  • cross

2. A marking that consists of lines that cross each other

    synonym:
  • crisscross
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • mark

3. A representation of the structure on which jesus was crucified

  • Used as an emblem of christianity or in heraldry
    synonym:
  • Cross

4. Any affliction that causes great suffering

  • "That is his cross to bear"
  • "He bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
    synonym:
  • cross
  • ,
  • crown of thorns

5. (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock

  • Especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species
  • "A mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey"
    synonym:
  • hybrid
  • ,
  • crossbreed
  • ,
  • cross

6. (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids

    synonym:
  • hybridization
  • ,
  • hybridisation
  • ,
  • crossbreeding
  • ,
  • crossing
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • interbreeding
  • ,
  • hybridizing

verb

1. Travel across or pass over

  • "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
    synonym:
  • traverse
  • ,
  • track
  • ,
  • cover
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • pass over
  • ,
  • get over
  • ,
  • get across
  • ,
  • cut through
  • ,
  • cut across

2. Meet at a point

    synonym:
  • intersect
  • ,
  • cross

3. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

  • "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was ruth's amazing september surge"
  • "Foil your opponent"
    synonym:
  • thwart
  • ,
  • queer
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • scotch
  • ,
  • foil
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • frustrate
  • ,
  • baffle
  • ,
  • bilk

4. Fold so as to resemble a cross

  • "She crossed her legs"
    synonym:
  • cross

5. To cover or extend over an area or time period

  • "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "the parking lot spans 3 acres"
  • "The novel spans three centuries"
    synonym:
  • cross
  • ,
  • traverse
  • ,
  • span
  • ,
  • sweep

6. Meet and pass

  • "The trains crossed"
    synonym:
  • cross

7. Trace a line through or across

  • "Cross your `t'"
    synonym:
  • cross

8. Breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties

  • "Cross a horse and a donkey"
  • "Mendel tried crossbreeding"
  • "These species do not interbreed"
    synonym:
  • crossbreed
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • hybridize
  • ,
  • hybridise
  • ,
  • interbreed

adjective

1. Extending or lying across

  • In a crosswise direction
  • At right angles to the long axis
  • "Cross members should be all steel"
  • "From the transverse hall the stairway ascends gracefully"
  • "Transversal vibrations"
  • "Transverse colon"
    synonym:
  • cross(a)
  • ,
  • transverse
  • ,
  • transversal
  • ,
  • thwartwise

2. Annoyed and irritable

    synonym:
  • crabbed
  • ,
  • crabby
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • fussy
  • ,
  • grouchy
  • ,
  • grumpy
  • ,
  • bad-tempered
  • ,
  • ill-tempered

Examples of using

The hospital quarantined the infected patients to avoid cross infection.
Don't cross the road while the signal is red.
I helped the old man cross the street.