Cross, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crossed p. pr. & vb. n. Crossing.]
1. To put across or athwart; to cause to intersect; as, to cross the arms.
2. To lay or draw something, as a line, across; as, to cross the letter t.
3. To pass from one side to the other of; to pass or move over; to traverse; as, to cross a stream.
A hunted hare . . . crosses and confounds her former track. -- I. Watts.
4. To pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time. “Your kind letter crossed mine.”
5. To run counter to; to thwart; to obstruct; to hinder; to clash or interfere with.
In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing. --Shak.
An oyster may be crossed in love. -- Sheridan.
6. To interfere and cut off; to debar. [Obs.]
To cross me from the golden time I look for. --Shak.
7. To make the sign of the cross upon; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, he crossed himself.
8. To cancel by marking crosses on or over, or drawing a line across; to erase; -- usually with out, off, or over; as, to cross out a name.
9. To cause to interbreed; -- said of different stocks or races; to mix the breed of.
To cross a check Eng. Banking, to draw two parallel transverse lines across the face of a check, with or without adding between them the words “and company”, with or without the words “not negotiable”, or to draw the transverse lines simply, with or without the words “not negotiable” (the check in any of these cases being crossed generally). Also, to write or print across the face of a check the name of a banker, with or without the words “not negotiable” (the check being then crossed specially). A check crossed generally is payable only when presented through a bank; one crossed specially, only when presented through the bank mentioned.
To cross one's path, to oppose one's plans. --Macaulay.
adj 1: placed crosswise; "spoken with a straight face but crossed
fingers"; "crossed forks"; "seated with arms across"
[syn: across] [ant: uncrossed]
2: (of a check) for deposit only as indicated by having two
lines drawn across it [ant: uncrossed]
3: produced by crossbreeding [syn: hybrid, interbred, intercrossed]