Definition of cross hairs in English:

cross hairs

plural noun

  • A pair of fine wires crossing at right angles at the focus of an optical instrument or gunsight, for use in positioning, aiming, or measuring:

    ‘I raised the rifle and got the deer in the cross hairs’
    • ‘She had a collection of mailed death threats, one featuring her picture in the cross hairs of a rifle scope.’
    • ‘I gathered my composure as fast as I could, put the cross hairs (of a gun) on them and engaged them.’
    • ‘The supplied inserts include apertures, posts of various widths, and cross hairs.’
    • ‘Jason quickly swung the gun towards him and put his head right in the cross hairs.’
    • ‘The enemy is in plain sight, caught in their cross hairs.’
    • ‘Keeping the cross hairs centered on the man's chest, Ian watched the stranger through the rifle's telescopic sights.’
    • ‘I finally line up the target and position the cross hairs.’
    • ‘One last check shows the cross hairs are dead center on the hardened aircraft shelter doors.’
    • ‘I moved the scope's cross hairs down to the lower-right corner of the door and squeezed off the next shot.’
    • ‘He stopped in mid-motion as he found himself in the cross hairs of several laser rifles.’
    • ‘With the cross hairs of his sights already on a tank, he took the shot and watched as another tank exploded.’
    • ‘After firing the missile, the gunner must keep the cross hairs of the sight centered on the target to ensure a hit.’
    • ‘I quickly swept the cross hairs over to the right eye.’
    • ‘After about 5 seconds the cross hairs turned red and formed an ‘X’.’
    • ‘To obtain the measurement values, the operator simply aligns the tool to cross hairs.’
    • ‘The cross hairs impose a sly menace on the land, the small dots of calibration turn a life into an algebra problem.’
    • ‘Through the lens he could just about make out the silhouette of his friend's head, dead centre in the cross hairs.’
    • ‘It has been used on a limited basis for fishing nets and for wound dressings, and for cross hairs in optical instruments.’
    • ‘His cross hairs targeted a nervous soldier peering out from his cover of boulders.’
    • ‘‘We are looking straight at him in the cross hairs of our rifles,’ the SAS caller whispered.’