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cross hair

noun, Usually, cross hairs
Also called cross wire. one of the fine wires or fibers, strands of spider web, or the like, crossing in a focal plane of an optical instrument to center a target or object or to define a line of sight.
one of the marks that aid in the positioning of overlaying images for correct registration in printing.
Compare register (def 11b). Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cross hairs

cross hairs

plural noun
two fine mutually perpendicular lines or wires that cross in the focal plane of a theodolite, gunsight, or other optical instrument and are used to define the line of sight Also called cross wires
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