criss-cross

[[t]krɪ̱s krɒs, AM - krɔːs[/t]]
criss-crosses, criss-crossing, criss-crossed
1) VERB If a person or thing criss-crosses an area, they travel from one side to the other and back again many times, following different routes. If a number of things criss-cross an area, they cross it, and cross over each other.

[V n] They criss-crossed the country by bus...

[V n] Telephone wires criss-cross the street.

2) V-RECIP If two sets of lines or things criss-cross, they cross over each other.

[pl-n V] Wires criss-cross between the tops of the poles, forming a grid...

[V pron-recip] The roads here are quite a maze, criss-crossing one another in a fashion that at times defies logic.

[V-ing] ...a complicated labyrinth of criss-crossing paths...

[V-ed] Support rows of beans with criss-crossed canes. [Also V n]

3) ADJ: ADJ n A criss-cross pattern or design consists of lines crossing each other.

Slash the tops of the loaves with a sharp serrated knife in a criss-cross pattern.


English dictionary. 2008.

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