crisscross

[kris-kraws, -kros]
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:
1810–20; variant of christcross

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To crisscross
Collins
World English Dictionary
crisscross (ˈkrɪsˌkrɒs)
 
vb
1.  to move or cause to move in a crosswise pattern
2.  to mark with or consist of a pattern of crossing lines
 
adj
3.  (esp of a number of lines) crossing one another in different directions
 
n
4.  a pattern made of crossing lines
5.  a US term for noughts and crosses
 
adv
6.  in a crosswise manner or pattern

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

crisscross
1818, from M.E. crist(s)-crosse "Christ's cross." Used today without awareness of origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Although these fish crisscross the ocean, each stock returns annually to breed in its place of origin.
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;