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crossword

[kraws-wurd, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌwɜrd, ˈkrɒs-/
noun
1.
a crossword puzzle.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15

crossword dictionary

noun
1.
a dictionary that lists common clues found in crossword puzzles with potential answer words. In books, the lists are usually sorted by the number of letters in the answer, while an online crossword dictionary, such as the Dictionary.com Crossword Solver, is able to analyze queries electronically, examining either the clue or the number and pattern of letters already filled in to arrive at suggested answers.
Also called crossword puzzle dictionary.
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crossword

n.

1925, short for crossword puzzle (q.v.).

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