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cross-country

[adj. kraws-kuhn-tree, kros-; n. kraws-kuhn-tree, -kuhn-, kros-] /adj. ˈkrɔsˌkʌn tri, ˈkrɒs-; n. ˈkrɔsˈkʌn tri, -ˌkʌn-, ˈkrɒs-/
adjective
1.
directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road or path:
a cross-country race.
2.
from one end of the country to the other:
a cross-country flight.
noun, plural cross-countries.
3.
a cross-country sport or race.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70
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Examples from the web for crosscountry
  • Smaller space needed to land, offering more landing options from crosscountry flights.
  • Principal operators are first great western and crosscountry.
  • The department has several hundred kilometers of crosscountry skiing tracks.
British Dictionary definitions for crosscountry

cross-country

adjective, adverb
1.
by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roads: cross-country running
2.
across a country: a cross-country railway
noun
3.
a long race held over open ground
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Word Origin and History for crosscountry

cross-country

adj.

also cross country, crosscountry; 1767, of roads, from cross (v.) + country, or short for across-country. Of flights, from 1909.

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