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crisscross

[kris-kraws, -kros] /ˈkrɪsˌkrɔs, -ˌkrɒs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to move back and forth over:
students crisscrossing the field on their way to school.
2.
to mark with crossing lines.
verb (used without object)
3.
to proceed or pass back and forth; be arranged in a crisscross pattern:
The streets in that part of town crisscross confusingly.
adjective
4.
Also, crisscrossed. having many crossing lines, paths, etc.
noun
5.
a crisscross mark, pattern, etc.
adverb
7.
in a crisscross manner; crosswise.
8.
awry; askew.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; variant of christcross
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Examples for crisscross
  • Although these fish crisscross the ocean, each stock returns annually to breed in its place of origin.
  • It consists of a complex of fat cells and collagen fibers in a crisscross pattern that acts as a spring.
  • Even on a tiny scale, the picture does convey the horror of crisscross warfare.
  • Big concrete columns crisscross the spaces, their tilted forms rooting the structure deep into the ground.
  • Now the planes swollen with aid simply crisscross the sky overhead.
  • In an overall view, diagonal stone paths crisscross two major rice paddies and lawns with a vegetable garden planted at one end.
British Dictionary definitions for crisscross

crisscross

/ˈkrɪsˌkrɒs/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move in a crosswise pattern
2.
to mark with or consist of a pattern of crossing lines
adjective
3.
(esp of a number of lines) crossing one another in different directions
noun
4.
a pattern made of crossing lines
5.
a US term for noughts and crosses
adverb
6.
in a crosswise manner or pattern
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Word Origin and History for crisscross
crisscross
1818, from M.E. crist(s)-crosse "Christ's cross." Used today without awareness of origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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