Definition of crosswise in English:

crosswise

adverb

  • 1In the form of a cross.

    ‘their arms were held out crosswise’
    • ‘The next card is turned up to determine the trump suit, and the remaining stock of nine undealt cards is stacked face-down, crosswise on top of the trump, so that the value of the trump card can still be seen.’
    • ‘This substance was composed of strips cut from stalks of the papyrus reed, which were dried, laid across each other crosswise, and glued together to form a somewhat nubby writing surface.’
    • ‘Consequently, it's a good idea for each player to gather up cards in their trick pile in groups of five and place them crosswise, so that it's easier to see how many cards are in each pile.’
    • ‘Arrange leaves on a flat surface and top each leaf with a single tilapia fillet (place fish crosswise on leaf).’
    1. 1.1 Diagonally or transversely.
      ‘wash the potatoes and halve them crosswise’
      • ‘Cut off the conical top and the very tip of each okra pod and then cut the pods, crosswise into 7mm - 1cm segments.’
      • ‘To cut fine shreds of other lettuce leaves, such as romaine, stack a few leaves at a time, roll lengthwise into a cylinder, and slice thinly crosswise.’
      • ‘Cut each orange crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.’
      • ‘Stripes can run lengthwise, crosswise or diagonally.’
      • ‘The golden yellow fruit gets its name from the perfect five-pointed star shape that appears when it's cut crosswise.’
      • ‘Cut the bacon crosswise into pieces about 2cm wide.’
      • ‘Halve crosswise and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.’
      • ‘Line the inside of a 24 cm square baking pan with two long pieces of foil crosswise.’
      • ‘After dark, however, the wind rose, and I spent a hairy night giving all my attention to the helm to keep the boat from broaching and turning dangerously crosswise to the rising seas.’
      • ‘Then we hit the boulder, head on, not violently - our backpaddling prevented that - but hard enough to bounce the canoe crosswise, stern first, out into the main current.’
      • ‘Cut leaves and stalks diagonally or crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices; separate leaves from stalks.’
      • ‘Through the arch on the left we are given a fascinating glimpse of the interior of the theater from a sidelong perspective, looking crosswise toward the farther tiers of seats, where the audience is beginning to gather.’
      • ‘She looked to be about seven or eight, and curiously enough, she had a long scar running crosswise through her right eyebrow.’
      • ‘I held out half an apple, cut crosswise, so the seeds formed a star.’
      • ‘Run another piece of ribbon crosswise and secure both sides with a tack.’
      • ‘He was found about an hour later lying on his back with the fan crosswise across his body.’
      • ‘Roll spinach leaves into a tight cigar shape and cut crosswise into 1/8 inch chiffonade or shreds.’
      • ‘Apparently the key is to lie crosswise not lengthwise, so nights have been much more comfortable, even if I am perched 20 feet high in an open-air tree house.’
      • ‘To bake a fresh 6 to 7 pound pumpkin, halve the pumpkin crosswise and scoop out the seeds and strings.’
      • ‘They can be seen carrying fish crosswise in their bills, which they take back to their young.’
      crossways, from corner to corner, slanting, slanted, aslant, slant, slantwise, sloping, oblique, inclined, inclining, tilted, tilting, angled, at an angle, cornerwise
      transversely, crossways, sideways, athwart, on the cross
      transversely, crossways, sideways, athwart, on the cross
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Pronunciation

crosswise

/ˈkrɒswʌɪz/