from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. So as to be or lie in a cross direction; across: placed the kindling crosswise to the rest of the wood.
- adj. Crossing: a crosswise piece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. crossing; lying across
- adv. transversely; so as to lie across
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In the form of a cross; across; transversely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the form of a cross.
- Across; transversely: absolutely or followed by to before an object: as, the timbers were laid crosswise; the woof runs crosswise to the warp.
- Figuratively, contrary to desire; at cross-purposes; against the grain: as, everything goes crosswise to-day. In last two senses also crossways.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in the shape of (a horizontal piece on) a cross
- adj. lying or extending across the length of a thing or in a cross direction
- adv. transversely
- adv. not in the intended manner
cross + -wise (Wiktionary)