Cross purpose
Cross Cross (kr[o^]s), a. 1. Not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse; oblique; intersecting. [1913 Webster]

The cross refraction of the second prism. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. Not accordant with what is wished or expected; interrupting; adverse; contrary; thwarting; perverse. ``A cross fortune.'' --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The cross and unlucky issue of my design. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

The article of the resurrection seems to lie marvelously cross to the common experience of mankind. --South. [1913 Webster]

We are both love's captives, but with fates so cross, One must be happy by the other's loss. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Characterized by, or in a state of, peevishness, fretfulness, or ill humor; as, a cross man or woman. [1913 Webster]

He had received a cross answer from his mistress. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

4. Made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation; mutually inverse; interchanged; as, cross interrogatories; cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry persons standing in the same relation to each other. [1913 Webster]

{Cross action} (Law), an action brought by a party who is sued against the person who has sued him, upon the same subject matter, as upon the same contract. --Burrill.

{Cross aisle} (Arch.), a transept; the lateral divisions of a cruciform church.

{Cross axle}. (a) (Mach.) A shaft, windlass, or roller, worked by levers at opposite ends, as in the copperplate printing press. (b) A driving axle, with cranks set at an angle of 90[deg] with each other.

{Cross bedding} (Geol.), oblique lamination of horizontal beds.

{Cross bill}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Cross bitt}. Same as {Crosspiece}.

{Cross bond}, a form of bricklaying, in which the joints of one stretcher course come midway between those of the stretcher courses above and below, a course of headers and stretchers intervening. See {Bond}, n., 8.

{Cross breed}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Cross breeding}. See under {Breeding}.

{Cross buttock}, a particular throw in wrestling; hence, an unexpected defeat or repulse. --Smollet.

{Cross country}, across the country; not by the road. ``The cross-country ride.'' --Cowper.

{Cross fertilization}, the fertilization of the female products of one physiological individual by the male products of another, -- as the fertilization of the ovules of one plant by pollen from another. See {Fertilization}.

{Cross file}, a double convex file, used in dressing out the arms or crosses of fine wheels.

{Cross fire} (Mil.), lines of fire, from two or more points or places, crossing each other.

{Cross forked}. (Her.) See under {Forked}.

{Cross frog}. See under {Frog}.

{Cross furrow}, a furrow or trench cut across other furrows to receive the water running in them and conduct it to the side of the field.

{Cross handle}, a handle attached transversely to the axis of a tool, as in the augur. --Knight.

{Cross lode} (Mining), a vein intersecting the true or principal lode.

{Cross purpose}. See {Cross-purpose}, in the Vocabulary.

{Cross reference}, a reference made from one part of a book or register to another part, where the same or an allied subject is treated of.

{Cross sea} (Naut.), a chopping sea, in which the waves run in contrary directions.

{Cross stroke}, a line or stroke across something, as across the letter t.

{Cross wind}, a side wind; an unfavorable wind.

{Cross wires}, fine wires made to traverse the field of view in a telescope, and moved by a screw with a graduated head, used for delicate astronomical observations; spider lines. Fixed cross wires are also used in microscopes, etc.

Syn: Fretful; peevish. See {Fretful}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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