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Definition of Cross


  1. A gibbet, consisting of two pieces of timber placed transversely upon one another, in various forms, as a T, or +, with the horizontal piece below the upper end of the upright, or as an X. It was anciently used in the execution of criminals.
  2. The sign or mark of the cross, made with the finger, or in ink, etc., or actually represented in some material; the symbol of Christ's death; the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity, of a Christian people, and of Christendom.
  3. Affiction regarded as a test of patience or virtue; trial; disappointment; opposition; misfortune.
  4. A piece of money stamped with the figure of a cross, also, that side of such a piece on which the cross is stamped; hence, money in general.
  5. An appendage or ornament or anything in the form of a cross; a badge or ornamental device of the general shape of a cross; hence, such an ornament, even when varying considerably from that form; thus, the Cross of the British Order of St. George and St. Michael consists of a central medallion with seven arms radiating from it.
  6. A monument in the form of a cross, or surmounted by a cross, set up in a public place; as, a market cross; a boundary cross; Charing Cross in London.
  7. A common heraldic bearing, of which there are many varieties. See the Illustration, above.
  8. The crosslike mark or symbol used instead of a signature by those unable to write.
  9. Church lands.
  10. A line drawn across or through another line.
  11. A mixing of breeds or stock, especially in cattle breeding; or the product of such intermixture; a hybrid of any kind.
  12. An instrument for laying of offsets perpendicular to the main course.
  13. A pipe-fitting with four branches the axes of which usually form's right angle.
  14. Not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse; oblique; intersecting.
  15. Not accordant with what is wished or expected; interrupting; adverse; contrary; thwarting; perverse.
  16. Characterized by, or in a state of, peevishness, fretfulness, or ill humor; as, a cross man or woman.
  17. Made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation; mutually inverse; interchanged; as, cross interrogatories; cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other.
  18. Athwart; across.
  19. To put across or athwart; to cause to intersect; as, to cross the arms.
  20. To lay or draw something, as a line, across; as, to cross the letter t.
  21. To pass from one side to the other of; to pass or move over; to traverse; as, to cross a stream.
  22. To pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time.
  23. To run counter to; to thwart; to obstruct; to hinder; to clash or interfere with.
  24. To interfere and cut off; to debar.
  25. To make the sign of the cross upon; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, he crossed himself.
  26. To cancel by marking crosses on or over, or drawing a line across; to erase; -- usually with out, off, or over; as, to cross out a name.
  27. To cause to interbreed; -- said of different stocks or races; to mix the breed of.
  28. To lie or be athwart.
  29. To move or pass from one side to the other, or from place to place; to make a transit; as, to cross from New York to Liverpool.
  30. To be inconsistent.
  31. To interbreed, as races; to mix distinct breeds.

Cross Quotations

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. - Rabindranath Tagore
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Rabindranath Tagore

Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.
Ravi Zacharias

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.
Guru Nanak

I like to see the difference between good and evil as kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It's very thin, it's made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.
Harlan Coben

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.'
Billy Graham
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Cross Translations

cross in Afrikaans is oorsteek, oorskry, kruis
cross in Danish is kors
cross in Dutch is over elkaar slaan, kruisen
cross in Finnish is risti
cross in French is traversent, traversez, cruciale, traverser, croix
cross in Italian is incrociare, croce, attraversare, attraversare
cross in Latin is crux crucis
cross in Norwegian is kryss, krysse, kors
cross in Portuguese is cruz
cross in Spanish is atravesar, cruzar, cruz
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