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crossing (countable and uncountable, plural crossings)

  1. Cross-breeding.
  2. Opposition; thwarting.
  3. An intersection where roads, lines, or tracks cross.
    • 2019 October, “Newark crossing renewed”, in Modern Railways, page 23:
      The lynchpin of the work was replacement of the flat crossing at Newark, where the ECML crosses the Nottingham to Lincoln line, with this work taking place across the three days of the bank holiday weekend.
  4. A place at which a river, railroad, or highway may be crossed.
  5. The act by which terrain or a road etc. is crossed.
  6. A voyage across a body of water.
  7. (architecture) The volume formed by the intersection of chancel, nave and transepts in a cruciform church; often with a tower or cupola over it.
  8. Movement into a crossed position.
    • 1989, Stephen N. Tchudi, Diana D. Mitchell, Explorations in the Teaching of English, page 270:
      For example, experts in kinesics — body language — recognize that a person sends out hundreds of nonverbal signals — eyebrow twitches, frowns, leg crossings and uncrossings — every second while he or she is speaking and listening.
  9. (graph theory) A pair of intersecting edges.
  10. A pair of parallel lines printed on a cheque

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crossing (not comparable)

  1. (rare) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction.



  1. present participle and gerund of cross