Definitions

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

Etymologies

cross +‎ -wise (Wiktionary)

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