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adjective see crescent I
crescit eundo
foreign term Etymology: Latin it grows as it goes — motto of New Mexico
adjective Etymology: Latin crescere to grow Date: 1566 marked by gradual spontaneous development • crescively adverb
adverb see crescive
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from creosote Date: circa 1869 any of three poisonous colorless crystalline or liquid isomeric phenols C7H8O
noun Etymology: Middle English cresse, from Old English cærse, cressa; akin to Old High German kressa cress Date: before 12th century any of various crucifers with moderately ...
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from creisse, gresse grease — more at grease Date: 14th century an iron vessel or basket used for holding an illuminant ...
noun Date: 14th century a Trojan woman of medieval legend who pledges herself to Troilus but while a captive of the Greeks gives herself to Diomedes
I. noun Etymology: Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair Date: 14th century 1. a. a showy tuft or process on the ...
adjective see crest I
adjective Date: 14th century having a crest
crested wheatgrass
noun Date: 1923 either of two Eurasian grasses (Agropyron cristatum or A. desertorum syn. A. sibiricum) that are grown in the United States for forage and for erosion control
adjective Date: 1589 1. having a drooping crest or hanging head 2. feeling shame or humiliation ; dejected • crestfallenly adverb • crestfallenness noun
adverb see crestfallen
noun see crestfallen
noun Date: 1862 a decorative edging or railing (as on pottery or furniture)
adjective see crest I
biographical name Paul 1906-1985 originally Giuseppe Guttoveggio American composer
adjective Etymology: Latin cretaceus resembling chalk, from creta chalk Date: 1832 of, relating to, or being the last period of the Mesozoic era characterized by continued ...
adjective or noun see Crete
or Greek Kríti geographical name island Greece in the E Mediterranean capital Iráklion area 3189 square miles (8260 square kilometers), population 536,980 • Cretan ...
Crete, Sea of
or formerly Sea of Candia geographical name the S section of Aegean Sea between Crete & the Cyclades
noun Etymology: French crétin, from French dialect cretin, literally, wretch, innocent victim, from Latin christianus Christian Date: 1779 1. one afflicted with cretinism ...
noun Date: 1801 a usually congenital abnormal condition marked by physical stunting and mental retardation and caused by severe hypothyroidism
adjective see cretin
noun Etymology: French, from Creton, Normandy Date: 1863 a strong cotton or linen cloth used especially for curtains and upholstery
Creutzfeld-Jakob disease
noun see Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
also Creutzfeld-Jakob disease noun Etymology: Hans G. Creutzfeldt died 1964 German psychiatrist and Alfons M. Jakob died 1931 German psychiatrist Date: 1963 a rare progressive ...
noun Etymology: alteration of cavalla Date: 1879 any of several carangid fishes (genus Caranx); especially jack crevalle
noun Etymology: French, from Old French crevace Date: 1813 1. a breach in a levee 2. a deep crevice or fissure (as in a glacier or the earth)
biographical name Michel-Guillaume-Jean de 1735-1813 pseudonym J. Hector St. John American (French-born) essayist
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French crevace, from crever to break, from Latin crepare to crack Date: 14th century a narrow opening resulting from a split or ...
I. chiefly British past of crow II. noun Etymology: Middle English crue, from Middle French crue reinforcement, literally, increase, from crue, feminine past participle of ...
crew chief
noun Date: 1926 one who is in charge of a crew of workers; especially a noncommissioned officer (as in the air force) who supervises an airplane's ground crew
crew cut
noun Date: 1942 a very short haircut usually for men or boys in which the hair resembles the bristle surface of a brush
crew neck
noun Etymology: from the sweaters with this neckline worn by oarsmen Date: 1939 1. a round collarless neckline 2. (usually crewneck) a sweater with a crew neck
crew sock
noun Date: 1948 a short bulky usually ribbed sock
geographical name town NW England in Cheshire population 47,759
noun Etymology: Middle English crule Date: 15th century 1. slackly twisted worsted yarn used for embroidery 2. crewelwork
noun Date: 1863 embroidery work with crewel
adjective see crew II
noun Date: circa 1927 a member of a crew
noun Date: 1938 a fellow crewman
noun see crew neck 2
cri de coeur
noun (plural cris de coeur) Etymology: French, literally, cry from the heart Date: 1904 a passionate outcry (as of appeal or protest)
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cribb; akin to Old High German krippa manger, and perhaps to Greek griphos reed basket Date: before 12th century 1. a ...
crib biting
noun Date: 1831 cribbing 2
crib death
noun Date: 1965 sudden infant death syndrome
crib sheet
noun Date: 1960 cheat sheet
noun Etymology: 1crib Date: 1630 a card game for two players in which each player tries to form various counting combinations of cards
noun see crib II
noun Date: 1841 1. material for use in making a crib 2. a vice of horses in which they grasp a solid object (as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air
adjective Etymology: Latin cribrum sieve; akin to Latin cernere to sift — more at certain Date: 1741 pierced with small holes
noun Etymology: ultimately from New Latin Cricetus, genus name, of Slavic origin; akin to Czech křeček hamster Date: 1960 any of a family (Cricetidae) of small rodents ...
biographical name James 1560-1582 the Admirable Crichton Scottish man of letters
biographical name Francis Harry Compton 1916- British biophysicist
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cryk Date: 15th century a painful spasmodic condition of muscles (as of the neck or back) II. transitive verb Date: 1884 1. to cause a ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English criket, from Anglo-French, of limitative origin Date: 14th century 1. any of a family (Gryllidae) of leaping orthopteran insects noted for ...
noun see cricket III
interjection see crikey
adjective Etymology: New Latin cricoides, from Greek krikoeidēs ring-shaped, from krikos ring — more at circle Date: 1746 of, relating to, or being a cartilage of the ...
noun Date: 14th century one that cries: a. an officer who proclaims the orders of a court b. town crier
also crickey interjection Etymology: euphemism for Christ Date: 1838 — used as a mild oath
biographical name George Washington 1864-1943 American surgeon
abbreviation criminal
crim con
abbreviation criminal conversation
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin crimen accusation, reproach, crime; probably akin to Latin cernere to sift, determine Date: 14th century 1. an ...
crime against humanity
Date: 1945 atrocity (as extermination or enslavement) that is directed especially against an entire population or part of a population on specious grounds and without regard to ...
crime against nature
Date: 1828 sodomy
or Russian Krim geographical name peninsula S Ukraine, extending into Black Sea SW of Sea of Azov • Crimean adjective
adjective see Crimea
adjective see crime
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French criminal, from Late Latin criminalis, from Latin crimin-, crimen crime Date: 15th century ...
criminal conversation
noun Date: 1732 adultery considered as a tort
criminal court
noun Date: 1678 a court that has jurisdiction to try and punish offenders against criminal law
criminal law
noun Date: 1769 the law of crimes and their punishments
criminal lawyer
noun Date: 1869 a lawyer who specializes in criminal law; especially a lawyer who represents defendants in criminal cases
noun Date: 1951 a specialist in criminalistics
noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1943 application of scientific techniques in collecting and analyzing physical evidence in criminal cases
noun Date: 1611 1. the quality or state of being criminal 2. criminal activity
noun see criminalize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: circa 1956 to make illegal ; outlaw; also to turn into a criminal or treat as criminal • criminalization noun
adverb see criminal I
transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Latin criminatus, past participle of criminari, from crimin-, crimen accusation Date: 1645 incriminate • crimination noun
noun see criminate
variant of cremini
adjective see criminology
adverb see criminology
noun see criminology
noun Etymology: Italian criminologia, from Latin crimin-, crimen + Italian -o- + -logia -logy Date: 1882 the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, ...
adjective Date: 15th century criminal
interjection Etymology: perhaps alteration of jiminy, gemini, mild oath, probably euphemism for Late Latin Jesu domine Jesus Lord! Date: 1681 — used as a mild oath or to ...
I. transitive verb Etymology: Dutch or Low German krimpen to shrivel; akin to Middle Dutch crampe hook, cramp Date: 1712 1. to cause to become wavy, bent, or pinched: as ...
noun see crimp I
adjective (crimpier; -est) Date: 1888 frizzy
I. noun Etymology: Middle English crimisin, from Old Spanish cremesín, from Arabic qirmizī, from qirmiz kermes Date: 15th century any of several deep purplish reds II. ...
crimson clover
noun Date: 1839 an annual European clover (Trifolium incarnatum) that has cylindrical heads of crimson flowers and is cultivated in the United States especially as a cover crop
I. intransitive verb (cringed; cringing) Etymology: Middle English crengen; akin to Old English cringan to yield, Middle High German krank weak Date: 13th century 1. to draw ...
noun see cringe I
noun Etymology: Low German kringel, diminutive of kring ring Date: 1627 a loop or grommet at the corner of a sail to which a line is attached
I. verb (crinkled; crinkling) Etymology: Middle English crynkelen; akin to Old English cringan to yield Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to form many short ...
adjective see crinkle II
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek krinon lily Date: 1847 any of a large class (Crinoidea) of echinoderms usually having a somewhat cup-shaped body with five or more ...
noun Etymology: French, from Italian crinolino, from crino horsehair (from Latin crinis hair) + lino flax, linen, from Latin linum — more at crest Date: 1830 1. an ...
adjective see crinoline
noun (plural -llos) Etymology: Spanish — more at creole Date: 1604 1. a. a person of pure Spanish descent born in Spanish America b. a person born and usually raised ...
interjection Etymology: euphemism for Christ Date: 1910 — used as a mild oath
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cripel, from Old English crypel; akin to Old English crēopan to creep — more at creep Date: before 12th century 1. a. sometimes ...
noun see cripple III
adverb see cripple III
biographical name Sir (Richard) Stafford 1889-1952 British statesman
crise de conscience
foreign term Etymology: French crisis of conscience ; agonizing period of moral uncertainty
crise de nerfs
or crise des nerfs foreign term Etymology: French crisis of nerves ; nervous collapse ; hysterical fit
crise des nerfs
foreign term see crise de nerfs
noun (plural crises) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek krisis, literally, decision, from krinein to decide — more at certain Date: 15th century 1. a. the ...
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Latin crispus; akin to Welsh crych curly Date: before 12th century 1. curly, wavy; also having close stiff or ...
noun Date: circa 1927 a plain dry unsweetened cracker made from crushed grain (as wheat or rye)
verb Date: 1931 transitive verb to make crisp intransitive verb to become crisp
noun Date: 1835 one that crisps; specifically a closed container in a refrigerator intended to prevent loss of moisture from fresh produce
noun Date: 1966 iceberg lettuce
biographical name Francesco 1819-1901 Italian statesman; premier (1887-91; 1893-96)
noun see crispy
adverb see crisp I
noun see crisp I
adjective (crispier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. crisp 1 2. appealingly crunchy ; crisp • crispiness noun
I. verb Etymology: obsolete christcross, crisscross mark of a cross Date: 1818 transitive verb 1. to mark with intersecting lines 2. to pass back and forth through or ...
noun (plural cristae) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, crest — more at crest Date: 1959 any of the inwardly projecting folds of the inner membrane of a mitochondrion
biographical name Alfredo 1947- president of El Salvador (1989-94)
or Spanish Cristóbal geographical name town N Panama adjoining Colón at Caribbean entrance to Panama Canal
geographical name see Cristobal
abbreviation critical; criticism; criticized
noun (plural criteria; also -rions) Etymology: Greek kritērion, from krinein to judge, decide — more at certain Date: 1622 1. a standard on which a judgment or decision may ...
noun Etymology: French critérium competition, literally, criterion, from Late Latin criterium, from Greek kritērion Date: 1970 a bicycle race of a specified number of laps ...
I. noun Etymology: Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, from kritikos able to discern or judge, from krinein Date: 1588 1. a. one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any ...
adjective Date: 1547 1. a. of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important juncture : as (1) relating to or being the stage of a disease at which an ...
critical angle
noun Date: 1873 the least angle of incidence at which total reflection takes place
critical mass
noun Date: 1964 a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result
critical point
noun Date: circa 1912 a point on the graph of a function where the derivative is zero or infinite
critical region
noun Date: 1951 the set of outcomes of a statistical test for which the null hypothesis is to be rejected
critical value
noun Date: circa 1909 the value of an independent variable corresponding to a critical point of a function
noun see critical
adverb see critical
noun see critical
noun Date: 1684 an inferior or petty critic
British variant of criticize
noun Date: 1607 1. a. the act of criticizing usually unfavorably b. a critical observation or remark c. critique 2. the art of evaluating or analyzing works of ...
adjective see criticize
verb (-cized; -cizing) Date: 1643 intransitive verb to act as a critic transitive verb 1. to consider the merits and demerits of and judge accordingly ; evaluate 2. to ...
noun see criticize
I. noun Etymology: alteration of 2critic Date: 1710 an act of criticizing; especially a critical estimate or discussion
noun Etymology: by alteration Date: 1815 creature 1
abbreviation certified registered nurse anesthetist
noun Etymology: Cro-Magnon, a cave near Les Eyzies, France Date: 1869 a hominid of a tall erect race of the Upper Paleolithic known from skeletal remains found chiefly in ...
I. verb Etymology: Middle English croken, of imitative origin Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to make a deep harsh sound b. to speak in a hoarse throaty ...
noun Date: 1648 1. an animal (as a frog) that croaks 2. any of various fishes and especially the drums that produce croaking, drumming, or grunting noises 3. slang doctor
adjective see croak II
noun Etymology: New Latin Croata, from Croatian & Serbian Hrvat Date: 1657 Croatian • Croat adjective
geographical name independent country SE Europe; a constituent republic of Yugoslavia 1946-91 comprising Croatia, Slavonia, & most of Istria & the Dalmatian coast capital ...
noun Date: 1555 1. a native or inhabitant of Croatia 2. a south Slavic language spoken by the Croatian people • Croatian adjective
noun Date: 1884 crocodile
biographical name Benedetto 1866-1952 Italian philosopher & statesman
I. noun Etymology: French, hook, crochet, from Middle French, diminutive of croche hook, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr hook Date: 1844 needlework ...
noun see crochet II
noun Etymology: German Krokydolith, from Greek krokyd-, krokys nap on cloth (akin to Greek krekein to weave) + German -lith -lite — more at reel Date: 1835 a lavender-blue ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English crocc; akin to Old English crūce pot, pitcher, Middle High German krūche Date: before 12th century 1. a thick ...
trademark — used for an electric cooking pot
adjective Date: circa 1927 drunk 1a
noun Date: 1715 earthenware
noun Etymology: Middle English croket, from Anglo-French, crook, diminutive of croc hook, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr hook Date: 1673 an ornament usually ...
adjective see crocket
biographical name David 1786-1836 Davy American frontiersman & politician
noun Etymology: Middle English & Latin; Middle English cocodrille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, alteration of Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos ...
geographical name — see Limpopo
crocodile bird
noun Date: 1868 an African bird (Pluvianus aegyptius) that is related to the pratincoles and lights on the crocodile and eats its insect parasites
crocodile tears
noun plural Date: 1563 false or affected tears; also hypocritical sorrow
noun Date: 1837 any of an order (Crocodylia) of reptiles including the crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gharials, and related extinct forms • crocodilian adjective
noun (plural crocuses) Etymology: Middle English, the saffron plant, from Latin, from Greek krokos, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian kurkānū saffron Date: 14th century 1. ...
I. noun Etymology: Croesus, king of Lydia, famed for his wealth Date: 1621 a very rich man II. biographical name died circa 546 B.C. king of Lydia (circa 560-546)
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch krocht hill Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly British a small enclosed field usually adjoining a ...
noun see croft
Crohn's disease
noun Etymology: Burrill B. Crohn died 1983 American physician Date: 1935 a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract that typically involves the distal ...
noun (plural croissants) Etymology: French, literally, crescent, from Middle French, from present participle of croistre to grow, from Latin crescere — more at crescent Date: ...
Croix de Guerre
noun Etymology: French, literally, war cross Date: 1915 a French military decoration awarded for gallant action in war
biographical name John Wilson 1780-1857 British essayist & editor
croker sack
noun Etymology: alteration of crocus sack, crocus bag, of unknown origin Date: 1895 chiefly Southern a sack of a coarse material (as burlap)
biographical name 1st Earl of — see Evelyn Baring
noun Etymology: Welsh, literally, bent stone Date: 1695 1. dolmen 2. a circle of monoliths usually enclosing a dolmen or mound
biographical name Samuel 1753-1827 English inventor
I. biographical name Oliver 1599-1658 English general & statesman; lord protector of England (1653-58) • Cromwellian adjective II. biographical name Richard 1626-1712 son ...
adjective see Cromwell I
noun Etymology: Middle English, a term of abuse, from Anglo-French caroine, charoine dead flesh — more at carrion Date: 14th century a withered old woman
I. biographical name Archibald Joseph 1896-1981 English physician & novelist II. biographical name James Watson 1931- American physicist
biographical name Piet Arnoldus circa 1835-1911 Boer leader & general
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Kronos Date: 1664 a Titan dethroned by his son Zeus
noun (plural cronies) Etymology: perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time Date: 1656 a close friend especially of long standing ; pal
noun Date: 1840 partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications
I. verb Date: 12th century transitive verb bend intransitive verb curve, wind II. noun Etymology: Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook Date: 13th century ...
noun Date: 1508 1. obsolete a crooked back 2. obsolete hunchback • crookbacked adjective
adjective see crookback
adjective Date: 13th century 1. not straight 2. dishonest • crookedly adverb • crookedness noun
adverb see crooked
noun see crooked
noun Date: 1927 crooked dealings or practices
biographical name Sir William 1832-1919 English physicist & chemist
noun Date: 1784 a squash with a long recurved neck
verb Etymology: Middle English croynen, from Middle Dutch cronen; akin to Old High German crōnen to chatter Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. chiefly Scottish bellow, ...
noun Date: 1892 one that croons; especially a singer of popular songs
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, craw, head of a plant, yield of a field, from Old English cropp craw, head of a plant; akin to Old High German kropf goiter, craw Date: ...
crop circle
noun Date: 1988 a geometric and especially a circular pattern of flattened stalks in a field of grain now usually attributed to natural phenomena or to the work of hoaxers ...
crop duster
noun Date: 1939 a person who sprays crops with fungicidal or insecticidal dusts from an airplane; also the airplane used for such spraying
crop rotation
noun Date: 1909 the practice of growing different crops in succession on the same land chiefly to preserve the productive capacity of the soil
adjective Date: 1530 having the ears cropped
noun Date: 1846 land that is suited to or used for crops
I. noun Date: 15th century 1. one that crops 2. one that raises crops; specifically sharecropper II. noun Etymology: probably from English dialect crop neck, from 1crop ...
noun Etymology: probably ultimately from obsolete French, sharp blow, from croquer Date: 1855 1. a game in which players using mallets drive wooden balls through a series of ...
noun Etymology: French, from croquer to crunch, from Middle French, to strike, break, cause to crack, of imitative origin Date: 1706 a small often rounded mass consisting ...
noun Etymology: French, light blow, fillip Date: 1932 a method used in waving the hair by winding it on curlers from the ends of the hair toward the scalp
noun (plural croquis) Etymology: French, from croquer to sketch, rough out, literally, to crunch Date: 1805 a rough draft ; sketch
noun (plural crores; also crore) Etymology: Hindi & Urdu karoṛ Date: 1609 a unit of value equal to ten million rupees or 100 lakhs
I. biographical name Bing 1904-1977 originally Harry Lillis Crosby American singer & actor II. geographical name or Great Crosby town NW England in Merseyside on Irish Sea ...
or crozier noun Etymology: Middle English crocer crosier bearer, from Anglo-French crosser, from croce, crosse crosier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English crycc crutch — ...
I. biographical name Wilbur Lucius 1862-1948 American educator & politician II. geographical name river 300 miles (483 kilometers) W Africa in W Cameroon & SE Nigeria ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse or Old Irish; Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin cruc-, crux Date: before 12th century 1. ...
cross action
noun Date: circa 1859 a legal action in which the defendant in an existing action files a suit against the plaintiff on the same subject matter ; countersuit
cross fire
noun Date: 1799 1. a. firing (as in combat) from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross b. a situation wherein the forces of opposing factions meet, cross, ...
cross multiplication
noun see cross multiply
cross multiply
intransitive verb Date: 1951 to clear an equation of fractions when each side consists of a fraction with a single denominator by multiplying the numerator of each side by the ...
cross of Lorraine
Etymology: Lorraine, France Date: circa 1889 a cross with two crossbars the lower one of which is longer than the upper one and intersects the upright below its center; also ...
cross over
intransitive verb Date: 1973 to reach a broader audience by a change of medium or style
cross paths
phrasal to meet especially by chance
cross product
noun Date: 1929 1. vector product 2. either of the two products obtained by multiplying the two means or the two extremes of a proportion
cross section
noun Date: 1835 1. a. a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis; also a representation of such a cutting b. section 3b 2. a measure of the ...
cross swords
phrasal to engage in a dispute
cross talk
noun Date: 1887 1. unwanted signals in a communication channel (as in a telephone, radio, or computer) caused by transference of energy from another circuit (as by leakage or ...
cross vault
noun Date: 1850 a vault formed by the intersection of two or more simple vaults — called also cross vaulting
cross vaulting
noun see cross vault
I. transitive verb Date: circa 1930 1. to obstruct in ice hockey or lacrosse by thrusting one's stick held in both hands across an opponent's face or body 2. to check (as ...
noun Date: 1952 a claim against a party on the same side of a legal action
I. adjective Date: 1767 1. extending or moving across a country 2. proceeding over countryside (as across fields and through woods) and not by roads 3. of or relating ...
adjective Date: circa 1942 dealing with or offering comparison between two or more different cultures or cultural areas • cross-culturally adverb
adverb see cross-cultural
intransitive verb see cross-dressing
noun see cross-dressing
noun Date: 1911 the wearing of clothes designed for the opposite sex • cross-dress intransitive verb • cross-dresser noun
noun Date: 1775 the examination of a witness who has already testified in order to check or discredit the witness's testimony, knowledge, or credibility — compare direct ...
transitive verb see cross-examination
noun see cross-examination
noun Date: 1826 1. strabismus in which the eye turns inward toward the nose 2. plural eyes affected with cross-eye • cross-eyed adjective
adjective see cross-eye
adjective Date: 1929 fertile in a cross or capable of cross-fertilization
noun Date: 1870 1. a. fertilization in which the gametes are produced by separate individuals or sometimes by individuals of different kinds b. cross-pollination 1 2. ...
verb Date: 1876 transitive verb to accomplish cross-fertilization of intransitive verb to undergo cross-fertilization
verb Date: 1949 intransitive verb to register as a candidate in the primary elections of more than one political party transitive verb to register (a person) as a ...
adjective Date: 1647 1. difficult to deal with
noun see crosshatch
transitive verb Date: 1892 1. to index (an item) under a second or under more than one heading 2. to supply (as a book) with a cross-referenced index • cross-index noun
adverb or adjective Date: circa 1530 1. with legs crossed and knees spread wide apart 2. with one leg placed over and across the other
noun Date: 1936 a crosswise connecting part (as an atom or group) that connects parallel chains in a complex chemical molecule (as a polymer) • cross-link verb
noun Date: 1937 the process of forming cross-links; also cross-link
adjective Date: 1965 of or relating to two or more nations
noun Date: 1969 single ownership of two or more related businesses (as a newspaper and a television station) that allows the owner to control competition
transitive verb Date: circa 1900 to subject to cross-pollination
noun Date: 1882 1. the transfer of pollen from one flower to the stigma of another 2. cross-fertilization 2
noun Date: 1668 a purpose usually unintentionally contrary to another purpose of oneself or of someone or something else — usually used in plural
noun Date: circa 1694 a question asked in cross-examination • cross-question transitive verb

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