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Cross

[kraws, kros] /krɔs, krɒs/
noun
1.
Wilbur Lucius, 1862–1948, U.S. educator: governor of Connecticut 1931–39.
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British Dictionary definitions for wl cross

cross

/krɒs/
noun
1.
a structure or symbol consisting essentially of two intersecting lines or pieces at right angles to one another
2.
a wooden structure used as a means of execution, consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece to which people were nailed or tied
3.
a representation of the Cross used as an emblem of Christianity or as a reminder of Christ's death
4.
any mark or shape consisting of two intersecting lines, esp such a symbol (×) used as a signature, point of intersection, error mark, etc
5.
a sign representing the Cross made either by tracing a figure in the air or by touching the forehead, breast, and either shoulder in turn
6.
any conventional variation of the Christian symbol, used emblematically, decoratively, or heraldically, such as a Maltese, tau, or Greek cross
7.
(heraldry) any of several charges in which one line crosses or joins another at right angles
8.
a cruciform emblem awarded to indicate membership of an order or as a decoration for distinguished service
9.
(sometimes capital) Christianity or Christendom, esp as contrasted with non-Christian religions: Cross and Crescent
10.
the place in a town or village where a cross has been set up
11.
a pipe fitting, in the form of a cross, for connecting four pipes
12.
(biology)
  1. the process of crossing; hybridization
  2. an individual produced as a result of this process
13.
a mixture of two qualities or types: he's a cross between a dictator and a saint
14.
an opposition, hindrance, or misfortune; affliction (esp in the phrase bear one's cross)
15.
(slang) a match or game in which the outcome has been rigged
16.
(slang) a fraud or swindle
17.
(boxing) a straight punch delivered from the side, esp with the right hand
18.
(football) the act or an instance of kicking or passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field
19.
on the cross
  1. diagonally
  2. (slang) dishonestly
verb
20.
(sometimes foll by over) to move or go across (something); traverse or intersect: we crossed the road
21.
  1. to meet and pass: the two trains crossed
  2. (of each of two letters in the post) to be dispatched before receipt of the other
22.
(transitive; usually foll by out, off, or through) to cancel with a cross or with lines; delete
23.
(transitive) to place or put in a form resembling a cross: to cross one's legs
24.
(transitive) to mark with a cross or crosses
25.
(transitive) (Brit) to draw two parallel lines across the face of (a cheque) and so make it payable only into a bank account
26.
(transitive)
  1. to trace the form of the Cross, usually with the thumb or index finger upon (someone or something) in token of blessing
  2. to make the sign of the Cross upon (oneself)
27.
(intransitive) (of telephone lines) to interfere with each other so that three or perhaps four callers are connected together at one time
28.
to cause fertilization between (plants or animals of different breeds, races, varieties, etc)
29.
(transitive) to oppose the wishes or plans of; thwart: his opponent crosses him at every turn
30.
(football) to kick or pass (the ball) from a wing to the middle of the field
31.
(transitive) (nautical) to set (the yard of a square sail) athwartships
32.
cross a bridge when one comes to it, to deal with matters, problems, etc, as they arise; not to anticipate difficulties
33.
cross one's fingers, to fold one finger across another in the hope of bringing good luck: keep your fingers crossed
34.
cross one's heart, to promise or pledge, esp by making the sign of a cross over one's heart
35.
cross one's mind, to occur to one briefly or suddenly
36.
cross someone's palm, to give someone money
37.
cross someone's path, to meet or thwart someone
38.
cross swords, to argue or fight
adjective
39.
angry; ill-humoured; vexed
40.
lying or placed across; transverse: a cross timber
41.
involving interchange; reciprocal
42.
contrary or unfavourable
43.
another word for crossbred (sense 1)
44.
a Brit slang word for dishonest
Derived Forms
crosser, noun
crossly, adverb
crossness, noun
Word Origin
Old English cros, from Old Irish cross (unattested), from Latin crux; see crux

Cross1

/krɒs/
noun the Cross
1.
the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified
2.
the Crucifixion of Jesus

Cross2

/krɒs/
noun
1.
Richard Assheton, 1st Viscount. 1823–1914, British Conservative statesman, home secretary (1874–80); noted for reforms affecting housing, public health, and the employment of women and children in factories
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Word Origin and History for wl cross

cross

n.

Old English cros (mid-10c.), from Old Irish cros, probably via Scandinavian, from Latin crux (accusative crucem, genitive crucis) "stake, cross" on which criminals were impaled or hanged, hence, figuratively, "torture, trouble, misery;" originally a tall, round pole; possibly of Phoenician origin. Replaced Old English rood. Also from Latin crux are Italian croce, French croix, Spanish and Portuguese cruz, Dutch kruis, German Kreuz.

adj.

"ill-tempered," 1630s, probably from 16c. sense of "contrary, athwart," especially with reference to winds and sailing ships, from cross (n.). Cross-purposes "contradictory intentions" is from 1660s.

v.

c.1200, "make the sign of a cross," from cross (n.). Sense of "to go across" is from c.1400; that of "to cancel by drawing lines over" is from mid-15c. Related: Crossed; crossing.

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wl cross in Science
cross
  (krôs)   
Noun  A plant or animal produced by crossbreeding; a hybrid.

Verb  To crossbreed or cross-fertilize plants or animals.
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wl cross in the Bible

in the New Testament the instrument of crucifixion, and hence used for the crucifixion of Christ itself (Eph. 2:16; Heb. 12:2; 1 Cor. 1:17, 18; Gal. 5:11; 6:12, 14; Phil. 3:18). The word is also used to denote any severe affliction or trial (Matt. 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; 10:21). The forms in which the cross is represented are these: 1. The crux simplex (I), a "single piece without transom." 2. The crux decussata (X), or St. Andrew's cross. 3. The crux commissa (T), or St. Anthony's cross. 4. The crux immissa (t), or Latin cross, which was the kind of cross on which our Saviour died. Above our Lord's head, on the projecting beam, was placed the "title." (See CRUCIFIXION.) After the conversion, so-called, of Constantine the Great (B.C. 313), the cross first came into use as an emblem of Christianity. He pretended at a critical moment that he saw a flaming cross in the heavens bearing the inscription, "In hoc signo vinces", i.e., By this sign thou shalt conquer, and that on the following night Christ himself appeared and ordered him to take for his standard the sign of this cross. In this form a new standard, called the Labarum, was accordingly made, and borne by the Roman armies. It remained the standard of the Roman army till the downfall of the Western empire. It bore the embroidered monogram of Christ, i.e., the first two Greek letters of his name, X and P (chi and rho), with the Alpha and Omega. (See A.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with wl cross
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