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Definition of "crisscross" [criss•cross]

  • To mark with crossing lines. (verb-transitive)
  • To move back and forth through or over: crisscrossed the country on a speaking tour. (verb-transitive)
  • To move back and forth. (verb-intransitive)
  • A mark or pattern made of crossing lines. (noun)
  • A state of being at conflicting or contrary purposes. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crisscross" in a sentence
  • "Ganesha, the God of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles, is seated in a posture my kids call crisscross applesauce, what I once called "Indian style" but which, despite this instance of fairly precise nomenclature, is now considered politically incorrect."
  • "As we zoom in to where the hurricane is right now, you can see these lines here that kind of crisscross around the hurricane."
  • "In reality, a network of trails that "crisscross" all of Southwest Virginia is already in place."