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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crossing traveling across
    • n crossing a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean)
    • n crossing (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
    • n crossing a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
    • n crossing a junction where one street or road crosses another
    • n crossing a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect
    • n crossing a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

By Slipshoe Lane to the Red Cross Inn, Reigate By Slipshoe Lane to the Red Cross Inn, Reigate
7 Spliced for cross strain 7 Spliced for cross strain
14 Cross lap 14 Cross lap
Cross-roads and gesture sign. Mexican pictograph Cross-roads and gesture sign. Mexican pictograph
Showing a partial view of the cross vaults Showing a partial view of the cross vaults
Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes
The Golden Cross The Golden Cross

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you travel across the former Soviet Union you will cross seven time zones.
    • Crossing A place where anything (as a stream) is crossed; a paved walk across a street, or a set of marks across the street pavement indicating that this is a designated location for pedestrians to cross.
    • Crossing Contradiction; thwarting; obstruction. "I do not bear these crossings ."
    • Crossing Intersection, as of two paths or roads.
    • Crossing The act by which anything is crossed; as, the crossing of the ocean.
    • Crossing The act of interbreeding; a mixing of breeds.
    • Crossing The act of making the sign of the cross.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Connecticut it is illegal to pirouette while crossing the street
    • n crossing The act of passing across something: as, the crossing of the Atlantic.
    • n crossing Intersection: as, the crossing of bars in latticework.
    • n crossing The place at which a road, ravine, mountain, river, etc., is or may be crossed or passed over: as, the crossings of streets.
    • n crossing In railroads, the necessary arrangement of rails to form a communication from one track-way to the other.
    • n crossing The act of opposing or thwarting; contradiction.
    • n crossing The act of making the sign of the cross: as, with many protestations and crossings.
    • n crossing The act or process of cross-breeding or cross-fertilizing: hybridization.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is Texas law that when two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
    • Crossing the making the sign of the cross
    • Crossing act of going across: the place where a roadway, &c. may be crossed: intersection: act of thwarting: cross-breeding
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Never swap horses crossing a stream.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Don't change horses while crossing a stream.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.”


At cross purposes - When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
Cross my heart and hope to die - People say this to show how sincere their promise is.
Cross swords - When people cross swords, they argue or dispute. This expression is used when some groups accuse each other for non-adherence to norms. Actually no sword is used but the tempo of the argument is high enough to cause worsening of the already bad situation. It is a tussle (vehement struggle without use of arms) between the parties to establish supremacy.
Cross that bridge when you come to it - If you will cross that bridge when you come to it, you will deal with a problem when it arises, but not until that point
Cross to bear - If someone has a cross to bear, they have a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem that they alone must cope with.
Crossing the Rubicon - When you are crossing the Rubicon, you are passing a point of no return. After you do this thing, there is no way of turning around. The only way left is forward.
Dot all the i's and cross all the t's - If you dot all the i's and cross all the t's, you do something very carefully and thoroughly.
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.)
I'll cross that road when I come to it - I'll think about something just when it happens, not in advance.
Keep your fingers crossed - If you are keeping your fingers crossed, you are hoping for a positive outcome.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Cross (v. t.)


In literature:

We sang some of the Good Friday hymns, "When I survey the wondrous Cross", and "Jesu, Lover of my Soul.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
And whoever crosses you crosses me, by God!
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Promptly Cartier planted the cross and took possession of Labrador for France.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
It was about eight o'clock in the evening when we crossed the bridge over Green river.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
Has he not presented to the church seven crosses of gold, each weighing a hundred pounds?
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
We must cross and get under cover again.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Cross scoring 47 34.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
These cross the four points of the large cross stitches, and meet in the space between, where they form another cross.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
This was the third creek he had crossed in this manner since he had left Sego.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
If I stay here long I shall be blowed up by the skipper, as sure as my name's Bob Cross.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
The hour for departure arrived, and we crossed to Amboy by ferry.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
It must cross the bridge, seize some height, from there defend the crossing.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Captain Church crossed the river in pursuit, but did not catch him.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
These cross the lines, hover among the Archie bursts, and drive back or down all black-crossed strangers within sight.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
It was not a very long scallop, she had crossed it, probably, while he was crossing the last; he went on and entered the next.
"East Angels" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
I have now, in order to get to the Wen, to cross the chalk-ridge once more, and, at a point where I never crossed it before.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
In crosses between bifid and vermilion there were 806 cross-overs in a total of 2,509, which gives a cross-over value of 32.1.
"Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
When the car reached Ninth Avenue she got out, walked to Thirtieth Street, and crossed westward.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
I started off again about 9.30 p.m., hoping to cross the frontier that night.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
Should any one say that I go from you not on public service, I would plant my sword-hilt in his mouth to the cross.
"Pan Michael" by Henryk Sienkiewicz

In poetry:

They brought her here—a tiny maid,
Unweeting any gain or loss,
And on her baby forehead laid
The symbol of the Cross.
"The Old Church on the Hill" by Kate Seymour Maclean
And underneath the middle Cross
A grave yawn'd wide and vast,
But the soul of Judas Iscariot
Shiver'd, and glided past.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan
She is not dead—O never
Will sorrow cross her track;
She's passed Death's darksome river,
And who would have her back?
"On The Death Of Miss Eleanora Henderson" by David John Scott
Through the cross iron of our free will
And fate, we plead for light,
As if God gave us not enough
To do our work aright.
"January" by Alice Cary
Sinne is still hammering my heart
Unto a hardnesse, void of love:
Let suppling grace, to crosse his art,
Drop from above.
"Grace" by George Herbert
His cross a sure foundation laid
For glory and renown,
When through the regions of the dead
He passed to reach the crown.
"Hymn 114" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Jeff Prince's latest article ("Cross about the Crossing," June 17, 2009) shows us that those in power who work their silver tongues aren't always going to get their way, especially when the opposition is vocal.
The Oldenburg Academy cross country teams traveled to Dayton for the Midwest Catholic Cross Country Championship.
LA CROSSE- Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill have wrapped up their visit to UW-La Crosse, just hours after the VP debate against Janesville native Paul Ryan.
( Steve Griffin The Salt Lake Tribune) Woods Cross volleyball player Chloe Hirst follows through on a spike during practice at the high school in Woods Cross, Utah Monday October 8, 2012.
The super PAC that produced the attack ad against Judge Sam Ervin IV that began airing on Friday is responding to criticism that the negative spot crossed a line that hasn't been crossed before in North Carolina judicial elections.
According to the Roots' drummer, our music scene is unique in fostering acts that cross genres the way pedestrians cross streets.
The website is a showcase for Photon 's leadership in design and technology demonstrating its cross channel and cross platform expertise.
Fiddler Scott Moore on crossing borders and crossing genres.
FlatIron Crossing opens Red Cross collection site in aftermath of Sandy.
The new pricing package for American Red Cross aquatic providers includes an annual fee for facilities, a set number of Red Cross certificates and free advertising materials.
We're all hearing the stories of the Red Cross response amid the Japanese earthquake, but did you know that right here in Kansas, the Red Cross helped nearly 100,000 people last year.
Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Bytwerk said he learned about a week ago that striking American Red Cross employees may picket the event, but he said his church supports Red Cross efforts.
Each year, the President of the United States proclaims March as Red Cross month and as a part of the national celebration, the Muskingum County Commissioners acknowledged the Muskingum Valley Red Cross .
Each year, the President of the United States proclaims March as Red Cross month and as a part of the national celebration, the Muskingum County Commissioners acknowledged the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

In science:

We denote by N C (S ) the set of non-crossing partitions of S, and N C (k) = N C ([k ]). • A chording (or a non-crossing pair partition) of S is a non-crossing partition of S in which each block contains exactly two elements.
Partial transposition of random states and non-centered semicircular distributions
Another common source of structure is an association scheme [3, 7]: for example, the triangular scheme for all unordered pairs from a set of parental types, which is appropriate in a diallel experiment with no self-crosses when the cross (i, j ) is regarded as the same as the cross (j, i).
Decomposition tables for experiments. II. Two--one randomizations
Definition 6.2 (Crossing and crossing points) We say that a forward path π ∈ Π crosses a dual path ˆπ ∈ ˆΠ from left to right at time t if there exist σπ ≤ t− < t < t+ ≤ ˆσ ˆπ such that π(t− ) < ˆπ(t− ), ˆπ(t+ ) < π(t+ ), and t = inf {s ∈ (t−, t+ ) : ˆπ(s) < π(s)} = sup{s ∈ (t−, t+ ) : π(s) < ˆπ(s)}.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
The two characterizations of H− in Theorem 4.8 (i) and (ii) are equivalent, because if γ ∈ Π crosses some π ∈ W from left to right, then by the non-crossing property of paths in W and ˆW, γ must also cross some ˆπ ∈ ˆW from left to right, and the same is true if W and ˆW are interchanged.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
Two important patterns that occur in arc annotated sequences, and thus can be defined for each of the combinatorial ob jects that these sequences represent, are nestings and crossings. A set of k arcs forms a k-nesting (respectively k-crossing ) if each of the (cid:0)k 2(cid:1) pairs of arcs nest (resp. cross).
A generating tree approach to k-nonnesting partitions and permutations
We say the graph is a crossing graph (c-graph) if it possesses at least one crossing and we cal l a graph a noncrossing graph (nc-graph) if it possesses no crossings.
Relaxation of a Simple Quantum Random Matrix Model
It is well known that any link diagram can be transformed into a diagram of trivial link via finitely many crossing changes, that is, via replacing some positive crossings with negative crossings and vice versa.
Invariants of links from the generalized Yang-Baxter equation
Given a graph G, let Bridge(G) denote the set of bridges, so that |Bridge(G)| = e0 (G); and let Cross(G) denote the set of ‘non-edges’ or ‘possible edges’ between components, and let cross(G) = |Cross(G)|.
Connectivity for random graphs from a weighted bridge-addable class
From the non-crossing moment-cumulant formula, we find that the moments of the non-crossing Gaussian X are given by mn (X ) = Xπ∈NC(n) YB∈π δ|B |,2 = Xπ∈NC2 (n) That is, mn (X ) is equal to the number of partitions in NC(n) all of whose blocks have size 2, i.e. non-crossing pairings of n points.
Three lectures on free probability
For example, since non-crossing cumulants linearize non-crossing independence, the sum of two non-crossing independent semicircular random variables is a semicircular random variable of variance two.
Three lectures on free probability
The corresponding crossing is encoded by (wi, wj, zi, zj ) with Cross(V ) := {(wi, wj, zi, zj ) | (wi, zi ), (wj, zj ) ∈ V with wi < wj < zi < zj } as the set of al l crossings in V and cross(V ) := |Cross(V )| counting the crossings in V .
Two-parameter Non-commutative Central Limit Theorem
Therefore, we can represent the whole diagram using a sequence of length 2n − 2 of curve crossings, where a crossing of curves π(i) and π(i + 1), for 1 ≤ i < n, is indicated by an entry of value i in the crossing sequence.
A New Rose : The First Simple Symmetric 11-Venn Diagram
For the electroweak production processes mentioned above, we rescale the next-to-leading-order (NLO) cross sections at 14 TeV to 7 TeV using a scale factor defined as the ratio of the LO cross section at 7 TeV and the LO cross section at 14 TeV as obtained by the MADGRA PH event generator.
Combined search for the quarks of a sequential fourth generation
The inelastic cross section, σ0 inel, is determined by numerically multiplying the ratio of the inelastic to total cross section with the fitted total cross section σ0 .
Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva
If the elements X, Y, X ′, Y ′ are pairwise distinct, we can directly determine whether p and p′ cross: crossing types imply crossing pseudochords and avoiding types imply disjoint pseudochords.
Improved enumeration of simple topological graphs