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Word of the Day 2/2/14 Cross

Cross (noun)
cross [kraws, kros]

1. a structure consisting essentially of an upright and a transverse piece, used to execute persons in ancient times.
2. any object, figure, or mark resembling a cross, as two intersecting lines.
3. a mark resembling a cross, usually an X, made instead of a signature by a person unable to write.
4. the Cross, the cross upon which Jesus died.
5. a figure of the Cross as a Christian emblem, badge, etc.
6. the Cross as the symbol of Christianity.
7. a small cross with a human figure attached to it, as a representation of Jesus crucified; crucifix.
8. a sign made with the right hand by tracing the figure of a cross in the air or by touching the forehead, chest, and shoulders, as an act of devotion.
9. a structure or monument in the form of a cross, set up for prayer, as a memorial, etc.
10. any of various conventional representations or modifications of the Christian emblem used symbolically or for ornament, as in heraldry or art: a Latin cross; a Maltese cross.
11. the crucifixion of Jesus as the culmination of His redemptive mission.
12. any suffering endured for Jesus' sake.
13. the teaching of redemption gained by Jesus' death.
14. the Christian religion, or those who accept it; Christianity; Christendom.
15. an opposition; thwarting; frustration.
16. any misfortune; trouble.
17. a crossing of animals or plants; a mixing of breeds.
18. an animal, plant, breed, etc., produced by crossing; crossbreed.
19. a person or thing that is intermediate in character between two others.
20. Boxing. a punch thrown across and over the lead of an opponent.
21. Older Slang. a contest the result of which is dishonestly arranged beforehand: Many of the onlookers, especially some who had bet heavily on Taylor, complained loudly that the fight was a “damnable cross.”
22. a crossing.
23. a place of crossing.
24. Plumbing. a four-way joint or connection.
25. Theater. an actor's movement from one area of a stage to another.
26. Also called cross-trade. Stock Exchange. an arrangement for the simultaneous sale and purchase of a block of stock handled by a single broker.
27. Machinery, spider (def 6b) .
28. (initial capital letter) Astronomy , Southern Cross.

verb (used with object)
29. to move, pass, or extend from one side to the other side of (a street, river, etc.). Synonyms: traverse, span, bridge.
30. to put or draw (a line, lines, etc.) across.
31. to cancel by marking with a cross or with a line or lines (often followed by off or out ).
32. to mark with a cross.
33. to lie or pass across; intersect.
34. to meet and pass.
35. to transport across something.
36. to assist or guide (a person) across a street or intersection: The guard crossed the child at the traffic light.
37. to place in the form of a cross or crosswise.
38. Biology. to cause (members of different genera, species, breeds, varieties, or the like) to interbreed.
39. to oppose openly; thwart; frustrate. Synonyms: baffle, foil; contradict. Antonyms: aid, assist, help.
40. Slang. to betray; double-cross.
41. to make the sign of a cross upon or over, as in devotion: to cross oneself.
42. Nautical. to set (a yard) in proper position on a mast.
43. Obsolete. to confront in a hostile manner.

verb (used without object)
44. to lie or be athwart; intersect.
45. to move, pass, or extend from one side or place to another: Cross at the intersection.
46. to meet and pass.
47. to interbreed.
48. Theater. to move from one side of the stage to the other, especially by passing downstage of another actor.

adjective, cross·er, cross·est.
49. angry and annoyed; ill-humored; snappish: Don't be cross with me. Synonyms: petulant, fractious, irascible, waspish, crabbed, churlish, sulky, cantankerous, cranky, ill-tempered, impatient, irritable, fretful, touchy, testy. Antonyms: good-natured, good-humored; agreeable.
50. lying or passing crosswise or across each other; athwart; transverse: cross timbers.
51. involving a reciprocal action, interchange, or the like: a cross-endorsement of political candidates; cross-marketing of related services.
52. contrary; opposite: They were at cross purposes with each other.
53. adverse; unfavorable.
54. crossbred; hybrid.

Verb phrases
55. cross over,
a. Biology . (of a chromosome segment) to undergo crossing over.
b. to switch allegiance, as from one political party to another.
c. to change successfully from one field of endeavor, genre, etc., to another: to cross over from jazz to rock.
d. to die; pass away. Also, cross over to the other side.
56. cross up,
a. to change arrangements made with; deceive: He crossed me up after we had agreed to tell the police the same story.
b. to confuse: I was supposed to meet him at the station, but got crossed up.

57. bear one's cross, to accept trials or troubles patiently.
58. cross one's heart. heart (def 24).
59. cross one's mind. mind (def 37).
60. cross one's path. path (def 7).
61. cross someone's palm (with silver), to give money to, especially in payment for a service: I shall tell your fortune, but you must first cross my palm with silver.
62. cross the line. line1 (def 68) .
63. on the cross, Older Slang. in a dishonest manner; illegally: Her elegant clothes and those two splendid rings had been acquired on the cross.
64. take the cross, to make the vows of a crusader.

Synonym Study
49. Cross, ill-natured, peevish, sullen refer to being in a bad mood or ill temper. Cross means temporarily in an irritable or fretful state, and somewhat angry: He gave her a cross reply and walked out of the room. Ill-natured implies a more permanent condition, without definite cause, and means unpleasant, unkind, inclined to snarl or be spiteful: an ill-natured dog; ill-natured spite. Peevish means complaining and snappish: She's acting like a peevish child again. Sullen suggests a kind of glowering silent gloominess and means refusing to speak because of bad humor, anger, or a sense of injury or resentment: I know I haven't called, but why are you suddenly so sullen and vindictive?

Origin: before 1000; Middle English, late Old English cros < Old Norse kross < Old Irish cros (< British Celtic ) < Latin crux; see crux

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.


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Feb. 2nd, 2014 10:41 am (UTC)
Finally a word i can write something about. I recently finished a story that would be perfect with a sequel and inspired from this. Heading off to create and give words...
Feb. 2nd, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
awesome! happy writing!
Feb. 4th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
The Price of True Faith (and Friendship) [H50; Steve & Cath or Steve/Cath]
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