Cross - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |krɔːs|  American pronunciation of the word cross
Brit.  |krɒs|  British pronunciation of the word cross


- a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
- a marking that consists of lines that cross each other (syn: crisscross, mark)
- a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
- any affliction that causes great suffering
that is his cross to bear
- (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 (syn: crossbreed, hybrid)
a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey
- (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids (syn: crossbreeding, crossing, hybridization)


- travel across or pass over (syn: cover, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse)
- meet at a point (syn: intersect)
- hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of (syn: baffle, bilk, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart)
- fold so as to resemble a cross
she crossed her legs
- to cover or extend over an area or time period (syn: span, sweep, traverse)
- meet and pass
the trains crossed
- trace a line through or across
cross your 't'
- breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties (syn: crossbreed, hybridize, interbreed)
cross a horse and a donkey
Mendel tried crossbreeding


- extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis (syn: transversal, transverse)
cross members should be all steel
- annoyed and irritable (syn: bad-tempered, crabbed, crabby, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, ill-tempered)

Extra examples

The teacher marked the absent students on her list with crosses.

Those who could not write signed their names with a cross.

We crossed the state border hours ago.

The dog crossed the street.

The highway crosses the entire state.

He was the first runner to cross the finish line.

The train crosses through France.

Put a nail where the boards cross.

One line crossed the other.

I didn't mean to make you cross.

I was cross with her for being so careless.

The dog was a cross between a collie and a wolfhound.

It was a cross between a laugh and a bark.

The cross roofs were connecting them with the main building.

The wind was cross and very high all these days.

Phrasal verbs

cross off  — remove from a list
cross out  — remove from a list

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cross
he/she/it: crosses
present participle: crossing
past tense: crossed
past participle: crossed
singular: cross
plural: crosses
comparative: crosser
superlative: crossest
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