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Definition of Cross

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

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

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Stephen Hawking

The word 'Christianity' is already a misunderstanding - in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.
John Lennon

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
Christian Nestell Bovee
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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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