General English

  • adjective angry
  • noun a shape made where one line has another going across it
  • verb to go across something to the other side
  • verb to put one thing across another

General Science

  • verb to go across something or each other at an angle


  • noun an act of crossing two plants or animals
  • verb to produce a new form of plant or animal from two different breeds, varieties or species


  • verb to get from one side of an area to another


  • verb (of the batsmen) to pass one another in the middle of the pitch while taking a run
    Citation ‘If the Players have cross’d each other, he that runs for the wicket that is put down, is out: If they are not cross’d, he that returns is out’ (Laws 1744)
  • verb to hit the ball across its line of flight with a horizontal bat
    Citation ‘I do not consider it good play to cross the ball from one side to the other’ (Boxall 1800)
    Citation ‘To cross a ball is the worst of all bad play’ (Nyren 1833 in HM)


  • A point where wires, lines, conductors, or the like, make contact. Also, to make such contact, or the state of being in such contact.
  • That which combines characteristics of two or more different components, circuits, devices, systems, materials, and so on.


  • verb to move from one side of a feature to the other


  • verb to write lines across something


  • noun a pass that sends the ball across the field in a team game such as hockey
  • noun a punch thrown at a boxing opponent from the side, in response to and evading the opponent’s jab or lead
  • verb in football and some other games, to make a pass that sends the ball across, rather than up or down, the field


  • prefix
    (written as cross-)


  • to use two existing varieties or species to make a new variety with distinctive characteristics

Origin & History of “cross”

when the Anglo-Saxons embraced Christianity they acquired cros, in the first instance from Old Irish cross. The word’s ultimate source was Latin crux, which may have been of Phoenician origin (although some have connected it with Latin curvus ‘bent’). (Crux itself was borrowed into English in the 18th century.) The cross’s shape formed the basis of the adjectival, adverbial, and verbal uses of the word, and also of across. (The notion of ‘crossing’ also lies behind cruise (17th c.) a probable borrowing from the Dutch kruisen ‘cross’.) Derivatives of the Latin word include crucial (18th c.), crucible (15th c.), crucifix (13th c.) (from late Latin crucifixus, literally ‘fixed to a cross’), crusade (16th c.), and excruciate (16th c.).