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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I quickly swept the cross hairs over to the right eye.’
    • ‘Keeping the cross hairs centered on the man's chest, Ian watched the stranger through the rifle's telescopic sights.’
    • ‘After firing the missile, the gunner must keep the cross hairs of the sight centered on the target to ensure a hit.’
    • ‘I finally line up the target and position the cross hairs.’
    • ‘After about 5 seconds the cross hairs turned red and formed an ‘X’.’
    • ‘She had a collection of mailed death threats, one featuring her picture in the cross hairs of a rifle scope.’
    • ‘The enemy is in plain sight, caught in their cross hairs.’
    • ‘He stopped in mid-motion as he found himself in the cross hairs of several laser rifles.’
    • ‘One last check shows the cross hairs are dead center on the hardened aircraft shelter doors.’
    • ‘The supplied inserts include apertures, posts of various widths, and cross hairs.’
    • ‘I gathered my composure as fast as I could, put the cross hairs (of a gun) on them and engaged them.’
    • ‘Through the lens he could just about make out the silhouette of his friend's head, dead centre in the cross hairs.’
    • ‘Jason quickly swung the gun towards him and put his head right in the cross hairs.’
    • ‘With the cross hairs of his sights already on a tank, he took the shot and watched as another tank exploded.’
    • ‘‘We are looking straight at him in the cross hairs of our rifles,’ the SAS caller whispered.’
    • ‘I moved the scope's cross hairs down to the lower-right corner of the door and squeezed off the next shot.’
    • ‘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.’