Definition of crossing in English:

crossing

noun

  • 1A place where roads or railway lines cross:

    ‘a stream of cars was waiting for the railway crossing barriers to be opened’
    • ‘Usually, railway crossings work more or less like clockwork.’
    • ‘It centered upon his plan to elevate the tracks of the city's railroads at road crossings.’
    • ‘The fact that the crash happened on a railway crossing has led to immediate demands for a change to the way that the interface between roads and rail are handled.’
    • ‘If Nebraskans want well-maintained roads and safer railroad crossings, they may have to pay a little more at the pump.’
    • ‘My biggest fear was having to brake, from high speed, for red lights, railway crossings, etc.’
    • ‘Built on a predominantly straight alignment, with no road crossings, the new line also merges with conventional track, cutting travel times to towns such as Nice, Monaco and Perpignan.’
    • ‘The barrier at the railway crossing did not function well and the bell did not ring.’
    • ‘Police have now warned that gates guarding the railway crossing should be kept closed at all times to try to prevent a repeat of the tragic accident.’
    • ‘It includes plans to bridge the crossing and introduce a railway station.’
    • ‘Because of the slow speeds involved, light railways did not have to have gated railway crossings.’
    • ‘He admitted building the double line would cause more train traffic at the railway crossings.’
    • ‘Gatekeepers at railway crossings, watchers and other workers associated with track work placed an indefinite ban on overtime on February 14.’
    • ‘One could quite reasonably believe that there are a finite number of ways persons could breach the laws regarding railway crossings.’
    • ‘The number of deaths at railway crossings has risen, experts said last night.’
    • ‘The two-day initiative is to target high-risk drivers at railway crossings and perform general driver safety and education blitzes.’
    • ‘A new economic agreement between the two was signed on Friday and they have pledged to open road and rail crossings possibly later this year.’
    • ‘Posters will be put up at all of the railway stations, railway crossings, access points and known trespass locations.’
    • ‘Yet at railway crossings there are bells and lights when the road is to be blocked.’
    • ‘But what we are talking about here is crossing roadways and railway crossings.’
    • ‘The delays at the railway crossing would be avoided by creating a new link road.’
    junction, crossroads, intersection, interchange
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    1. 1.1Architecture The intersection of a church nave and the transepts:
      ‘the cathedral has a lantern tower over the crossing’
      • ‘Arrived, the Queen was placed in a chair of estate in the middle of the crossing, facing the high altar.’
      • ‘What survives today as the parish church is the crossing, transepts, presbytery, and ambulatory.’
  • 2A place at which one may safely cross something, especially a street:

    ‘we were thirty yards from the crossing when a man stepped off the pavement’
    • ‘Local people who have used this crossing regularly are saying that they cannot recall an accident there.’
    • ‘I feel I have to write to take issue with her on the matter of our much needed crossing.’
    • ‘One of the worst issues was the crossing on Devon Street.’
    • ‘Planning officers said that in further plans there should also be provision for another crossing near to the school.’
    • ‘As a daily user of the pedestrian crossing I have some reservations about my safety, more importantly that of my daughter who uses this crossing twice daily to attend school.’
    • ‘‘Drivers are being terribly arrogant at that crossing,’ she said.’
    • ‘The crossing should safely assist pedestrians to the Victoria Recreation Ground, as well as to a nearby scout hut and nursery.’
    • ‘This rulemaking covers access to public rights-of-way, sidewalks, street crossings and related pedestrian facilities.’
    • ‘The Government aims to set aside more space on roads and in public places for walkers and cyclists and improve their journeys with better street lighting and dedicated crossings.’
    • ‘Police are continuing the hunt for the driver of a black Fiat Punto, which knocked Katie down on a crossing in York.’
    • ‘I was disgusted by a remark from him when he spoke against a pedestrian controlled crossing, saying most children these days did not know the difference between red and green lights.’
    • ‘The regulatory committee also agreed that plans for a proposed crossing should be supported.’
    • ‘This has left the city with a couple of road crossings which are now deemed unsafe due to lack of crossing signals and road configurations.’
    • ‘I use this crossing up to six times a day, walking my children to school.’
    • ‘He said they would consider the results but they would be leaning towards providing a crossing on the street.’
    • ‘On a related note, it seems that at last we are looking at a safe crossing for pupils of Parish Church School in the not too distant future.’
    • ‘First came the battle between advocates of a short tower and those who wanted a much taller tower over the crossing.’
    • ‘In order to collect test data, all street crossings will be subject to videotaping.’
    • ‘Sadly, no one can stop those who choose not to use the crossings in the High Street.’
    • ‘It tells users exactly where they are, and gives warnings about obstacles such as road junctions and crossings.’
    pedestrian crossing, street crossing, pelican crossing, zebra crossing
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    1. 2.1 A place at which one may cross a border between countries:
      ‘a border crossing’
  • 3[mass noun] The action of crossing something:

    ‘the crossing of the Pennines’
    • ‘Charles Lindbergh's stunning crossing of the Atlantic did not stop other aerial adventurers from attempting the flight over that vast ocean.’
    • ‘He was kayaking in a twenty-four foot craft for seventy-four days attempting the first solo crossing of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Now, my journey for food begins with the crossing of a railway line.’
    • ‘It was the first time he and his people have come to this spot along the Zambezi River, to commemorate the crossing of his ancestors during an eclipse over 150 years ago.’
    • ‘The issue of Mexican immigration and border crossing is reversed, as Americans stream toward the border, only to be forbidden entry by Mexican patrols.’
    • ‘It is estimated that it will cost £20m to cut the cost of the tolls, and that a cut in the cost of crossing from the island to the mainland could create 200 jobs.’
    • ‘When the pedestrian phase is too long, drivers may be unnecessarily delayed at an empty crosswalk after all pedestrians have completed their crossing.’
    • ‘They come out in their thousands for the Tour's crossing of the Pyrenees.’
    • ‘The feat of getting so many men across the forbidden mountain range which separates the west coast of Chile from the jungle on the east was reminiscent of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps.’
    • ‘For pedestrians the crossing of Teeling Street is a daily ordeal.’
    • ‘Do you believe the United States should hold Mexico responsible for its citizens' illegal crossing of our borders?’
    • ‘Englishman Simon Chalk will be official record-holder for the fastest rowed crossing of the Indian Ocean after all.’
    • ‘There were also gunboats on the border to prevent any crossing.’
    • ‘Not the best time for your first subterranean crossing perhaps.’
    1. 3.1[count noun] A journey across water in a ship:
      ‘a short ferry crossing’
      • ‘Another man lost his teeth in the mid-Atlantic on a particularly rough crossing, while being ill over the side of the boat he was on.’
      • ‘It was a pretty lumpy crossing - force 9 gales and a medium to heavy swell.’
      • ‘The crossing, which consumed fourteen days, was a rough one, but he reached his destination without serious accident in 1880.’
      • ‘So you can see that just picking any old ferry route and the cheapest possible crossing may not necessarily be the best plan.’
      • ‘The rough crossing in the cold and choppy waters from the U.K. to the shores of North America took 10 days.’
      • ‘The first successful crossing by ship would not occur until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set out in 1903.’
      • ‘The crossing was calm and the gentle swaying motion of the ship had lulled him into a fitful sleep in the rest-lounge.’
      • ‘He will follow the route of Christopher Columbus's third crossing from Cadiz in Spain to the Port of Spain in Trinidad.’
      • ‘To get to the coast is at least a day's ride, and the ferry crossing is another day.’
      • ‘The ferry crossing was sublimely calm and sunny.’
      • ‘The crossing to Trinidad is deep and notoriously rough, as I found out to my cost.’
      • ‘This resulted in a very wet crossing, with the yacht developing a lot of leaks.’
      • ‘There is no bridge, and crossing is only possible by a ferry used to transport illegal timber to Vietnam and Cambodia.’
      • ‘The ship reached Portsmouth in England after a seven-day trans-Atlantic crossing.’
      • ‘Even our mighty warships could only make that crossing in weeks!’
      • ‘She had to abandon her first planned crossing three weeks earlier because of high winds and sea state.’
      • ‘In fact it was considered too rough even to send the dive centre boat to collect us, so we made the 20-minute crossing by ferry.’
      • ‘Finally, after a leisurely drive north to Portland, we boarded the ferry for the overnight crossing back to Yarmouth.’
      • ‘The 15-minute crossing costs £18.15 return for a car and £2.45 per passenger.’
      • ‘The crossing to Orkney was unexpectedly rough.’
      traversal, traverse, passage, voyage, journey
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  • 4Crossbreeding.

Pronunciation

crossing

/ˈkrɒsɪŋ/