(noun, adjective, verb, preposition)


1. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis

- cross members should be all steel

Similar word(s): crosswise, thwartwise, transversal, transverse

2. annoyed and irritable

Similar word(s): crabbed, crabby, fussy, grouchy, grumpy

Sentences with cross as an adjective:

- At the end of each row were cross benches which linked the rows.

- His actions were perversely cross to his own happiness.

- She was rather cross about missing her train on the first day of the job.

- Please don't get cross at me. (or) Please don't get cross with me.

- cross interrogatories

- cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other


1. a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece

Definition categories: man–made, construction, structure

2. a marking that consists of lines that cross each other

Similar word(s): crisscross, mark

Definition categories: attribute, marking

3. a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry

Definition categories: man–made, emblem

4. any affliction that causes great suffering

- that is his cross to bear

Definition categories: state, affliction

5. (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species

- a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey

Similar word(s): crossbreed, hybrid

Definition categories: animal, being, organism

6. (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids

Similar word(s): crossbreeding, crossing, hybridization, hybridizing, interbreeding

Definition categories: act, conjugation, coupling, mating, pairing, union

Sentences with cross as a noun:

- Put a cross for a wrong answer and a tick for a right one.

- Criminals were commonly executed on a wooden cross.

- She made the cross after swearing.

- She was wearing a cross on her necklace.

- It's a cross I must bear.

- A quick cross of the road.


1. (archaic) across

- She walked cross the mountains.

2. cross product of the previous vector and the following vector.

- The Lorentz force is q times v cross B.


1. travel across or pass over

Similar word(s): cover, track, traverse

Definition categories: motion, pass

2. meet at a point

Similar word(s): intersect

Definition categories: motion, encounter, meet, see

3. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Similar word(s): baffle, bilk, foil, frustrate, scotch, spoil, thwart

Definition categories: social, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

4. fold so as to resemble a cross

- she crossed her legs

Definition categories: motion, fold

5. to cover or extend over an area or time period

Similar word(s): span, sweep, traverse

Definition categories: stative, continue, cover, extend

6. meet and pass

- the trains crossed

Definition categories: motion, cross, intersect

7. trace a line through or across

- cross your `t'

Definition categories: creation, write

8. breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties

- cross a horse and a donkey

- Mendel tried crossbreeding

Similar word(s): crossbreed, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed

Definition categories: contact, breed

Sentences with cross as a verb:

- She frowned and crossed her arms.

- to cross the letter t

- Cross the box which applies to you.

- Why did the chicken cross the road?

- You need to cross the street at the lights.

- Ships crossing from starboard have right-of-way.

- He crossed the ball into the penalty area.

- "You'll rue the day you tried to cross me, Tom Hero!" bellowed the villain.

- They managed to cross a sheep with a goat.