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cross wire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cross wire either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration "he had the target in his cross hairs"
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Idioms

Get your wires crossed - If people get their wires cross, they misunderstand each other, especially when making arrangements. ('Get your lines crossed' is also used.)
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Usage

In literature:

This term is not usually used with reference to incidence wires, although they cross diagonally the side bays of the cell.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
The road was in zig-zag, and was crossed several times by the wire which was laid more or less in a straight line.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
An expression of dismay crossed his face, for the material was crisscrossed with stellanium wires, set six inches apart.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
We crossed from mountain-side to mountain-side, some 400 ft. above the stream, in a sling car running along a wire rope.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
There's places for peaches and cream, and there's places for cows, but you don't want to get your wires crossed.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
Copper wire carrying a copper tag with the names of the trees which are crossed is best.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Fires broke out owing to the crossing of electric wires.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
As she crossed the room he leaned against the wire screen.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
The director, not the cross Mr. Grimes this time, assured Ruth that he was confident "Crossed Wires" would make good on the screen.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
Bind wires where they cross.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Slowly he swung himself from the cross-bar to the wire, and began to finger his way towards the cord.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
At each movement of the feeding mechanism, when fabricating 2 point wire, one cross wire is fed forward.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
They were reaching the end of the willow avenue, just where the wire rope crosses the river.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
Standing out among the tree-tops were the long cross-bars of steel, and from them ran the "guy" wires to the ground below.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
A and B must not touch each other where they cross on the top of T. N is a wire nail that serves as a handle.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
You have noticed those lines of wire which cross the streets of London.
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
Crossing wires, set some distance apart, held them together.
"Why Bewick Succeeded" by Jacob Kainen
The uplifted right knee of the figure on the cross was insulated and wired.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Nor have they produced woven-wire fences by crossing the spider and the wire-worm!
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
There was no proper means of illuminating the cross-wires, and so on.
"Astronomical Discovery" by Herbert Hall Turner
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In poetry:

and once they crossed in jail; they crossed in bed;
and over an unsigned letter their eyes met,
and in an Asian city
directionless & lurchy at two & three,
or trembling to a telephone's fresh threat,
and when some wired his head
"Dream Song 45: He stared at ruin. Ruin stared straight back" by John Berryman

In news:

Wallenda walked across the 1,800 foot 2 inch-wide wire Friday night as the first person to cross directly over the falls from the US into Canada.
The women's cross-country event came down to the wire, with Emily Batty (Subaru-Gary Fisher) barely edging out Catharine Pendrel (Luna Chix).
CHICAGO — It isn't often that a management practice gets universal support or opposition, but cross-training is an issue everyone can agree upon, based on the results of June's Wire survey.
The frenemies cross wires on the Season 4 return on Sunday at 9 pm on Bravo.
The month of May has seen some extreme news cross the wires.
Musket Man crossed the wire, a neck behind.
Stanich has created two urns, the first a cross with homemade barbed wire wrapped around it, and the second a star with flames.
Like it or not Daredevil Nik Wallenda will wear a safety tether when he attempts to cross Niagara Falls via high wire on June 15th.
Expedia booking got wires crossed.
College of the Holy Cross Selects Aruba Networks' MOVE Architecture, Unifying Wired and Wireless Access.
They've given the Red Cross a 72 hour strike notice and talks are going down to the wire Friday night.
In all the recent chatter about the Catholic Church and women, it's hard not to think that somewhere, somehow, wires are getting crossed.
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home this week to Nik Wallenda, who will make worldwide history on Friday evening when he crosses directly over the breathtaking Niagara Falls on a two-inch high-wire .
The stage gets bigger next month, as aerialist Nik Wallenda attempts to become the first person in more than a century to cross the falls on a high wire .
Tightrope walker, Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls on a wire, June 15, 2012.
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In science:

FIG. 6: (Color online) (a) Trap lifetimes due to thermal noise-induced spin flips, calculated for atoms trapped at distances d above wires with square cross sections of 25 − 200 nm.
Nanowire atomchip traps for sub-micron atom-surface distances
We have shown that further miniaturization of atomchips, utilizing wires with cross sections as small as a few tens of nanometers, enables robust operating conditions for atom optics.
Nanowire atomchip traps for sub-micron atom-surface distances
The ACK holding scheme discussed in this paper is a hybrid of a cross-layer mechanism coupled with a proactive scheme to prevent the wired host from taking extreme measures when the mobile experiences fading.
A Near-Optimal Scheme for TCP ACK Pacing to Maintain Throughput in Wireless Networks
Cathode Strip Chambers (CSC’s): Wires crossed with metallic strips in a gas volume, so when muons traverse the detectors electrons drift to the positively charged wire as described above.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
Coupling capacitance virtually exists only between adjacent wires or crossing wires and capacitive crosstalk is localized.
Effect of Distributed Shield Insertion on Crosstalk in Inductively Coupled VLSI Interconnects
If an external γ is undetected by the crossed scintillator (50% γ tagging efficiency at 1 MeV, 33% at 3 MeV), it can reach the ββ source foil without being tagged (gamma does not ionize the gas of the wire chamber).
Review of double beta experiments
NOT gates we can generate any Boolean function, including a ‘crossover gadget’ that allows us to cross wires in the plane .
Hard Tiling Problems with Simple Tiles
The electrostatic coupling leads to qualitatively new nonequilibrium transport behaviors compared to the case of Fermi liquid wires, namely crossed Luttinger liquid effects and Coulomb drag.
Transport and Coulomb drag for two interacting carbon nanotubes
The streamer tube efficiency was obtained using the sub-sample of tracks crossing all the 10 lower streamer tube planes; runs having an average efficiency smaller than 90% for the wire view and 85% for the strip view were discarded.
Search for cosmic ray sources using muons detected by the MACRO experiment
The cross-section of the wire in the point x = 0 can be treated as a 2-dimensional boundary (S ).
Signal transmission on lossy lines as a dissipative quantum state propagation
Figure 4 – The inside detector, with one of the top quarters not shown. W: wire chambers; F: field-shaping electrodes; C: cathodes. The inner reinforcing cross is also indicated.
A Concept for a Scalable 2 kTon Liquid Argon TPC Detector for Astroparticle Physics
In their latest paper Bezryadin and colleagues conclude that their results can be described with thermally activated phase slip for wires with larger cross-section and as mesoscopic diffusive normal metal conductors for the weaker wires.
Quantum phase slip junctions
The focusing might naively be expected to converge all particles into the wire, causing large absorptive losses of pions: pions emerge from the target in the radial direction, and the radial restoring force causes many pion tra jectories to cross the wire.
Accelerator Neutrino Beams
Poon, “Low-loss multimode-interferenc e-based crossings for silicon wire waveguides,” IEEE Photon.
Resonant-tunnelling-assisted crossing for subwavelength plasmonic slot waveguides
The goal of such a system is to minimize the number of wires crossing into the cryostat by multiplexing several bolometer signals on a single set of wires, without degrading each bolometer’s noise performance.
Biasing and Demodulation Firmware for Kilopixel TES Bolometer Arrays
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