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Definition of 'cross'


  1. a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
  2. a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
       Synonyms: crisscross mark
  3. a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
  4. any affliction that causes great suffering; "that is his cross to bear"; "he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns"
       Synonyms: crown of thorns
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: hybrid crossbreed
  6. (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
       Synonyms: hybridization hybridisation crossbreeding crossing interbreeding hybridizing


  1. travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
       Synonyms: traverse track cover pass over get over get across cut through cut across
  2. meet at a point
       Synonyms: intersect
  3. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
       Synonyms: thwart queer spoil scotch foil frustrate baffle bilk
  4. fold so as to resemble a cross; "she crossed her legs"
       Antonyms: uncross
  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"
       Synonyms: traverse span sweep
  6. meet and pass; "the trains crossed"
  7. trace a line through or across; "cross your `t'"
  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"
       Synonyms: crossbreed hybridize hybridise interbreed


  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"
       Synonyms: transverse transversal thwartwise
  2. perversely irritable
       Synonyms: crabbed crabby fussy grouchy grumpy bad-tempered ill-tempered

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