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Cross appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Ten? No bass orchestra tarts, eh? Cross a bonnet!
  • Lee, fine moss or carob ale belabor a cross omen, I feel.
  • To get an oil opt, cart no cross, or contract polio Nate got.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cross:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective cross:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cross:


The word cross is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cross

What does cross mean as a name of something?

Cross is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: crosses

  1. a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
  2. a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of cross: crisscross / mark
    • more generic word: marking = a pattern of marks
  3. a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
  4. any affliction that causes great suffering
    • example: that is his cross to bear
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of cross: crown of thorns
    • more generic word: affliction = a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
  5. (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species
    • example: a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey
    • domain: genetic science / genetics
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonyms of cross: crossbreed / hybrid
    • more generic words: being / organism = a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • more specific words:
      • dihybrid = a hybrid produced by parents that differ only at two gene loci that have two alleles each
      • monohybrid = a hybrid produced by crossing parents that are homozygous except for a single gene locus that has two alleles
  6. (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids

Alternative definition of the noun cross


  1. A geometrical figure consisting of two straight lines or bars intersecting each other such that at least one of them is bisected by the other.
  2. [heraldiccharge] Any geometric figure having this or a similar shape, such as a cross of Lorraine or a Maltese cross.
  3. A wooden post with a perpendicular beam attached and used (especially in the Roman Empire) to execute criminals (by crucifixion).
  4. (usually with the) The cross on which Christ was crucified.
  5. A hand gesture made by Catholics in imitation of the shape of the Cross.
  6. [Christianity] A modified representation of the crucifixion stake, worn as jewellery or displayed as a symbol of religious devotion.
  7. (figurative, from Christ's bearing of the cross) A difficult situation that must be endured.
  8. The act of going across; the act of passing from one side to the other
  9. [biology] Animal or plant produced by crossbreeding or cross-fertilization.
  10. [boxing] a hook thrown over the opponent's punch
  11. [football] A pass in which the ball travels from by one touchline across the pitch.
  12. A place where roads intersect and lead off in four directions; a crossroad (common in UK and Irish place names such as Gerrards Cross).
  13. A monument that marks such a place. (Also common in UK or Irish place names such as Charing Cross)
  14. [Rubik's Cube] Four edge cubies of one side that are in their right places, forming the shape of a cross.

Specialised definition of the noun cross

Glossary of sports

a pass that sends the ball across the field in a team game such as hockey (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in football and some other games, to make a pass that sends the ball across, rather man up or down, the field (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a movement in diagonal direction, e.g. in boxing a punch over the defending arm of the opponent to his opposite half of the body or face; in tennis, table tennis and badminton a shot diagonally across the playing field. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / artistic gymnastics

on the rings, a move in which the gymnast holds his body at right angles to the floor and his arms stretched out at right angles to the body

Glossary of sports / boxing

a punch thrown at a boxing opponent from the side, in response to and evading the opponent's jab or lead (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a straight punch delivered from the side

Glossary of sports / fencing

an advance or retreat made by crossing one leg over the other

Glossary of sports / gymnastics

a skill performed on the still rings, in a straight body or "L" position, with the body perpendicular to the floor and the arms stretched perpendicular to the body

Glossary of sports / soccer

a pass from a player located near the sideline towards the middle of the field; used to get the ball closer to the front of the goal

Definition of the adjective cross

What does cross mean as an attribute of a noun?

Cross is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: crosser | crossest

  1. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis
  2. annoyed and irritable

Alternative definition of the adjective cross


  1. Transverse; lying across the main direction.
  2. [archaic] Opposite, opposed to.
  3. [context: now rare] Opposing, adverse; being contrary to what one would hope or wish for.
  4. Bad-tempered, angry, annoyed.

Definition of the verb cross

What does cross mean as a doing word?

Cross is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: crossed | crossing | crosses

  1. travel across or pass over
    • example: These men cross the river
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]The prisoners advanced
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Location]The convict escaped the prison
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Oblique]The prisoners advanced across the field
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of cross: cover / cut across / cut through / get across / get over / pass over / track / traverse
    • more generic word: pass = go across or through
    • more specific words:
      • tramp = cross on foot
      • stride = cover or traverse by taking long steps
      • walk = traverse or cover by walking
      • crisscross = cross in a pattern, often random
      • ford = cross a river where it's shallow
      • bridge = cross over on a bridge
      • jaywalk = cross the road at a red light
      • drive / take = proceed along in a vehicle
      • course = move swiftly through or over
      • hop = traverse as if by a short airplane trip
  2. meet at a point
    • examples: Our properties cross at this point | His fields cross mine at this point
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1 - concrete object] and [Theme 2] [Verb]Italy and France touch
      [Theme 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Theme 2]Italy borders France

      Verbs of Existence (with the same syntax): abut, adjoin, hit, intersect, meet, touch.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of cross: intersect
    • more generic terms: come across / encounter / meet / run across / run into / see = come together
  3. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  4. fold so as to resemble a cross
  5. to cover or extend over an area or time period
  6. meet and pass
    • example: the trains crossed
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: intersect = meet at a point
    • more specific word: decussate = cross or intersect so as to form a cross
  7. trace a line through or across
    • example: cross your `t'
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: write = mark or trace on a surface
  8. breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
    • example: cross a horse and a donkey
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of cross: crossbreed / hybridise / hybridize / interbreed
    • more generic word: breed = cause to procreate
    • more specific word: backcross = mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents

Other definitions of cross

What does cross also mean?


  1. [archaic] across


  1. Cross is a town in Buffalo County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 377 at the 2010 census. The ghost town of Bohri was located in the town.
  2. Cross is an unincorporated community atop the Allegheny Plateau in the western part of Mineral County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cross is located just east of Jennings Randolph Lake on West Virginia Route 46.
  3. Cross is a small village at the western end of the Mendip Hills in Somerset UK. It is located on the A38 road close to the historic town of Axbridge and the village of Compton Bishop.
  4. Cross a.k.a. Cross, South Carolina: Cross is an unincorporated community located in rural northwestern Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States. It is centered at the junctions of South Carolina Highway 6 and South Carolina Highway 45. The zip code for Cross is 29436.

There are other places with in their name, like Cross Ash, Gee Cross, Bear Cross, Cape Cross, Clay Cross, Cross City, Cross Hill, Cross Keys, Cross Road, Cross-link, Cross-Road, High cross, Holy Cross, Maam Cross, West Cross, Ansty Cross, Brent Cross, Bulls Cross, Criss Cross and Criss-Cross.


Who is Cross?

Cross a.k.a. Dane Cross is a pornographic actor and director.


Cross is a musical group.

  • album: "Rise and Conquer"


Cross is a Japanese adult video studio located in Tokyo at the Ebisu Garden Place Tower.


  1. Cross is a fictional character in the 2012 film Maximum Conviction.
  2. Cross is a fictional character from the 2011 film Blitz.
  3. Cross is a fictional character from the anime series Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen.
    • also known as Kurosu
  4. Cross is a fictional character from the 1958 film The Man Who Wouldn't Talk.
  5. Cross is a fictional character from the 2009 action and horror film Against the Dark.
  6. Cross is a fictional character from the 2008 film Wanted.
  7. Cross is a fictional character from the 2013 film Coldwater.
  8. Cross is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Ben Cross, Eli Cross, Tom Cross, Alex Cross, Chen Cross, Cross-Eyes, Iron Cross, Jeff Cross, Mary Cross, Aaron Cross, Brian Cross, Chris Cross, Damon Cross, Doris Cross, James Cross, Jason Cross, Kevin Cross, Naomi Cross, Pippa Cross and Andrew Cross.


  1. "Cross" a.k.a. "", alternatively known as Cross, is the debut album of the French house duo Justice, released on June 18, 2007. It was certified gold in the UK on December 9, 2011, for shipments of 100,000 copies.
    • read more about
  2. "Cross" is the fifth live praise and worship album from City Harvest Church in Singapore.
  3. "CROSS" is a musical single of Daizystripper.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  4. "CROSS" is a musical single of Takashi Utsunomiya.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Cross" is a musical album of Gero.
    • released on
  6. "Cross" is a composition.
  7. "cross" is a composition.
    • music and lyrics by NYO
  8. "Cross" is a composition.


  1. "Cross" is James Patterson's twelfth novel featuring his most famous character, Alex Cross. It was released in 2006. This novel was also released in some markets under the title Alex Cross.
    • also known as "Cross country"; "Alex Cross"; Cross, Large Print; Alex Cross
    • language: American English
    • character: Alex Cross
    • genres: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • subjects: Espionage, Suspense
    • released in (10 years ago)
  2. "Cross" is a book by Ken Bruen.
    • genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • subjects: Ireland, Crucifixion
  3. "Cross" is a book by Thomas Gray.
    • also known as "[Cross] Elegy written in a country churchyard"


  1. "Cross" a.k.a. "Alex Cross" is a 2012 American crime thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Tyler Perry as the titular character and Matthew Fox as the villain Picasso. The adapted screenplay was written by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. This is the third film appearance of the character Alex Cross, the main character in a series of novels by James Patterson. Cross was previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. In 2010, Idris Elba was hired to play Cross but he was replaced by Perry. Filming took place in 2011. The film was released on October 19, 2012 in the United States and Canada.
  2. "Cross" is a 2011 American action fantasy film written by Patrick Durham, John Sachar, and Tanner Wiley. It was released direct-to-video. Cross was the 41st most popular film on the Internet Movie Database when it was released.
  3. "Cross" is a 2012 Hong Kong horror crime thriller film written and directed by Daniel Chan, Steve Woo, Lau Kin Ping, Hui Shu Ning and starring Simon Yam, Kenny Wong, Liu Kai-chi and Nick Cheung. The film revolves around a Catholic serial killer played by Yam who after witnesses his wife's death, believes he is given to duty to kill suicidal people to bring them peace and allowing them to enter heaven.
  4. "Cross" is a French crime film written and directed by Philippe Setbon.
  5. "Cross" a.k.a. "Cross Country": Cross Country is a 2011 short film written and directed by Maryna Vroda.


  1. Cross: A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two lines or bars perpendicular to each other, dividing one or two of the lines in half. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally; if they run obliquely, the design is technically termed a saltire, although the arms of a saltire need not meet at right angles.
    • also known as kruis
  2. Cross: In boxing, a cross is a power-punch like the uppercut and hook. Compubox, a computerized punch scoring system, counts the cross as a power-punch.
  3. Cross: In association football, a cross is a delivery of a ball from either side of the field across to the front of the goal by applying various kicking techniques to provide a goal-scoring opportunity. Crosses are generally airborne but a ball along the ground from a crossing position may be a low cross or a pass.
  4. Cross or Cross Oneself is a shōjo manga by Sumiko Amakawa.
  5. Cross: A cross is the decoration located at the highest level of a crown on top of the monde. Its usage traditionally symbolised the Christian nature of the monarchy of that country, though not all crowns even in monarchies associated with Christianity used a cross as its top decoration, with some French crowns using other national symbols.
  6. Cross is a website.
  7. Cross is a family name.

Phrases with Cross

Phrases starting with the word Cross:

  1. Cross-
  2. Cross Bat
  3. cross bit
  4. cross bun
  5. cross off
  6. cross out
  7. Cross sea
  8. Cross Tab
  9. Cross-cap
  10. cross-eye
  11. Cross-Lag
  12. cross-ply
  13. Cross-Tab
  14. cross hair
  15. cross over
  16. cross vine
  17. cross wire

Phrases ending with the word Cross:

  1. red cross
  2. tau cross
  3. Back Cross

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cross

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Google previewThe Managed Health Care Dictionary (1998)

by Richard Rognehaugh

either as the county deems appropriate, or with certain limits; the governor of New York proposed block grants to the county level in New York's fiscal 1997 budget Blue Cross — nonprofit membership corporation providing protection against ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena (2007)

by J Gordon Melton

True Cross revered as holy relics. Fortean Picture Library. have been made of it. In brief, if all the pieces that could be found were collected together, they would make a big ship-load. Yet the Gospel testifies that a single man was able to carry it ...

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Quotes about Cross

A cross shaped swimming pool.. its shape does not affect the swimmers

(A cross of water is not a harming cross as the grace of God
can transmute any situation) (O Anna Niemus)
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Scrabble value of C3R1O1S1S1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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