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

  • n. A place at which or the means by which a crossing is made.
  • n. A short connecting track by which a train can be transferred from one line to another.
  • n. Genetics Crossing over.
  • n. Genetics A characteristic resulting from the exchange of genetic material between homologous chromosomes during meiosis.
  • n. A registered member of one political party who votes in the primary of the other party.
  • n. The adaptation of a musical style, as by blending elements of two or more styles or categories, to appeal to a wider audience.
  • n. A recording designed to appeal to more than one segment or portion of the listening audience.
  • n. One that appeals to a wide or diverse audience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where one thing crosses over another.
  • n. The means by which the crossing is made.
  • n. the result of the exchange of genetic material during meiosis.
  • n. A blend of multiple styles of music, intended to appeal to a wider audience.
  • n. An automobile that is a mix of two kinds of automobiles, i.e. the Pontiac Torrent.
  • n. A pair of switches and a short, diagonal length of track which together connect two parallel tracks and allow passage between them.
  • n. A piece of fiction that borrows elements from two or more fictional universes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the interchange of sections between pairing homologous chromosomes during the prophase of meiosis.
  • n. a structure, such as a bridge, bearing a path for crossing over a river or highway.
  • n. votes from members of one political party cast for candidates of another party; -- called also crossover vote.
  • n. a member of one political party who votes for a candidate of another party; -- called also crossover voter.
  • n. a U-shaped section of pipe which serves to pass one pipeline over another which is directly in its path.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In calico-printing, a superimposed color in the form of stripes, bands, or cross-bars.
  • n. In railroading, a crossing or connecting line of rails and two switches joining two lines of rails. It is used to enable a train to cross from one line to another. See switch, 2, and *ladder, 3.
  • n. In electricity, a place where two wires pass each other without touching. Should they touch a cross would be formed. See cross, 13.
  • n. Same as sontag.
  • n. The crossing of the swiftest current in a river from one side of the channel to the other. Crossovers generally occur between two bends in the course of a stream.

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

  • n. the interchange of sections between pairing homologous chromosomes during the prophase of meiosis
  • n. the appropriation of a new style (especially in popular music) by combining elements of different genres in order to appeal to a wider audience
  • n. a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
  • n. a voter who is registered as a member of one political party but who votes in the primary of another party

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