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Definition 1: (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

"the casual couplings of adolescents" "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"

(... is a kind of cross ) hybridization using two traits with two alleles each

(... is a kind of cross ) hybridization using a single trait with two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)

(... is a kind of cross ) hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross between an organism whose genotype for a certain trait is unknown and an organism that is homozygous recessive for that trait so the unknown genotype can be determined from that of the offspring

(cross belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms

Definition 2: (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species - [noun denoting animal]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

(... is a kind of cross ) a hybrid produced by parents that differ only at two gene loci that have two alleles each

(... is a kind of cross ) a hybrid produced by crossing parents that are homozygous except for a single gene locus that has two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)

(cross belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms

Definition 3: a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry - [noun denoting artifact]

(cross is a kind of ...) special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

(... is a kind of cross ) a Latin cross set on three steps

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal length

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with two crossbars

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with three crossbars

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with triangular or arrow-shaped arms and the points toward the center

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with two crossbars, one above and one below the midpoint of the vertical, the lower longer than the upper

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with the lowest arm being longer than the others

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with equal arms, each terminating in a small crossbar

(... is a kind of cross ) a cross with each of the four arms the same length

(... is a kind of cross ) representation of the cross on which Jesus died

(... is a kind of cross ) a Latin cross with a ring surrounding the intersection

(... is a kind of cross ) cross resembling the Greek letter tau

Definition 4: a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece - [noun denoting artifact]

(cross is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

Definition 5: a marking that consists of lines that cross each other - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) a pattern of marks

Definition 6: any affliction that causes great suffering - [noun denoting state]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • that is his cross to bear
  • he bears his afflictions like a crown of thorns

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity

Definition 7: breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties - [verb of contact]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cross a horse and a donkey
  • Mendel tried crossbreeding
  • these species do not interbreed

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) cause to procreate (animals)

"She breeds dogs"

(... is a kind of cross ) mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents

Definition 8: trace a line through or across - [verb of creation]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cross your `t'

(cross is a kind of ...) mark or trace on a surface

"The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper" "Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"

Definition 9: travel across or pass over - [verb of motion]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) go across or through

"We passed the point where the police car had parked" "A terrible thought went through his mind"

(... is a kind of cross ) cross on foot

"We had to tramp the creeks"

(... is a kind of cross ) move swiftly through or over

"ships coursing the Atlantic"

(... is a kind of cross ) proceed along in a vehicle

"We drive the turnpike to work"

(... is a kind of cross ) cross the road at a red light

(... is a kind of cross ) cross over on a bridge

(... is a kind of cross ) cross a river where it's shallow

(... is a kind of cross ) cross in a pattern, often random

(... is a kind of cross ) traverse or cover by walking

"Walk the tightrope" "Paul walked the streets of Damascus" "She walks 3 miles every day"

(... is a kind of cross ) cover or traverse by taking long steps

"She strode several miles towards the woods"

(... is a kind of cross ) traverse as if by a short airplane trip

"Hop the Pacific Ocean"

Definition 10: meet and pass - [verb of motion]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the trains crossed

(cross is a kind of ...) meet at a point

(... is a kind of cross ) cross or intersect so as to form a cross

"this nerve decussates the other" "the fibers decussate"

Definition 11: meet at a point - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) come together

"I'll probably see you at the meeting" "How nice to see you again!"

(... is a kind of cross ) meet and pass

"the trains crossed"

Definition 12: fold so as to resemble a cross - [verb of motion]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she crossed her legs

(cross is a kind of ...) bend or lay so that one part covers the other

"fold up the newspaper" "turn up your collar"

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
  • foil your opponent

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

(... is a kind of cross ) fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

"Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"

(... is a kind of cross ) destroy or break

"dashed ambitions and hopes"

(... is a kind of cross ) hamper the progress of; impede

"short-circuit warm feelings"

(... is a kind of cross ) destroy or cause to fail

"This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

Definition 14: to cover or extend over an area or time period - [verb of stative]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rivers traverse the valley floor
  • The parking lot spans 3 acres
  • The novel spans three centuries

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is a kind of ...) span an interval of distance, space or time

"The war extended over five years" "The period covered the turn of the century" "My land extends over the hills on the horizon" "This farm covers some 200 acres" "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

Definition 15: extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cross or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cross members should be all steel
  • from the transverse hall the stairway ascends gracefully
  • transversal vibrations
  • transverse colon

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is similar to ...) lying or extending across the length of a thing or in a cross direction

"a crosswise street" "the crosswise dimension"

Definition 16: annoyed and irritable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for cross in the sense of this definition

(cross is similar to ...) having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

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