Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mark with crossing lines.
  • transitive v. To move back and forth through or over: crisscrossed the country on a speaking tour.
  • intransitive v. To move back and forth.
  • n. A mark or pattern made of crossing lines.
  • n. A state of being at conflicting or contrary purposes.
  • adj. Crossing one another or marked by crossings.
  • adv. In a manner or direction that crosses or is marked by crossings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move back and forth (over something.)
  • v. To mark something with crossed lines.
  • n. A pattern of crossed lines.
  • adj. marked with crossed lines
  • adv. crossing one another

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark or cross, as the signature of a person who is unable to write.
  • n. A child's game played on paper or on a slate, consisting of lines arranged in the form of a cross.
  • transitive v. To mark or cover with cross lines.
  • adv. In opposite directions; in a way to cross something else; crossing one another at various angles and in various ways.
  • adv. With opposition or hindrance; at cross purposes; contrarily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as christ-cross.
  • n. A crossing or intersection; a congeries of intersecting lines.
  • n. A game played on a slate, or on paper, by children, in which two players set down alternately, in a series of squares, the one a cross, the other a cipher. The object of the game is to get three of the same characters in a row. Also called tit-tat-to.
  • Like a cross or a series of crosses; crossed and recrossed; going back and forth.
  • To form a crisscross; intersect frequently.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cross in a pattern, often random
  • n. a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
  • v. mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
  • v. mark with a pattern of crossing lines
  • adv. crossing one another in opposite directions
  • adj. marked with crossing lines

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English Cristcrosse, mark of a cross, short for Cristcross (me speed), may Christ's cross (give me success).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English "Christ's cross" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ganesha, the God of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles, is seated in a posture my kids call crisscross applesauce, what I once called "Indian style" but which, despite this instance of fairly precise nomenclature, is now considered politically incorrect.

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  • As we zoom in to where the hurricane is right now, you can see these lines here that kind of crisscross around the hurricane.

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  • In reality, a network of trails that "crisscross" all of Southwest Virginia is already in place.

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  • Henry pulled his feet up under him in a move Claire’s kindergarten teacher called crisscross applesauce.

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  • They had both been born in May, for which emeralds are the birth stone, and gently placed, kind of crisscross, around the main stone.

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  • The Turbo design provides a "crisscross" pattern that sizes residue from two directions in one pass.

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  • Signature Tummy Tuck ™ "crisscross" front panel flattens the stomach as extra stretch enhances curves.

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  • Gangs, armed with heavy caliber guns, have hijacked Pemex trucks at gunpoint as well as siphoned fuel directly from pipelines that crisscross the country, according to Pemex.

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  • Mr. BAER: Well - but I've never seen it crisscross with al-Qaeda or Yemen.

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  • Mr. Pawlenty plans to crisscross the state in the weeks ahead, hammering home his record as governor, his pledge to cuts taxes, and his claim to be the candidate best suited to appeal to hard-hit voters in key states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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